Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in his book ‘The Cost of Discipleship’ relates our judging of one another to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
The idea is that when we judge others, we are in effect relying on our own ‘knowledge of good and evil’ to make sense of what someone else is doing or saying, which is after all the forbidden fruit.
This was the temptation that brought down the entire human race! I want to be like God. I want to be able to distinguish between good and evil, and I set myself up as judge.
The thing is, the very eating of this fruit, bars access to the tree of life. When we judge men, we presume to KNOW them. We become pretenders sitting in Christ’s judgment seat.
How many times have I eaten this fruit, only to find it rotten in my belly? I judge, I pronounce my decision on the matter, then God opens the matter up for all to see. I have created wounds where I should have been offering the healing balm of Christ’s compassion. I build walls that separate between my brothers and me, rather than pressing for unity, and love.
The fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is poison and brings death. [Tweet This]
There is a tree of life.
Let’s choose better fruit today.
Shine where you're screwed in!