Have you ever watched someone be punished for something, then do the same thing yourself? How about those who drive under the influence? Stories of the horrors that can happen when people commit this act circulate around the news frequently, and yet people still commit the crime.
Note that the little brother who copies your behavior is not as bad as you, despite what I’ve said above, because that child is not of equal maturity. If he were, then his actions would be worse. Therefore, when you observe the actions of others, you need to judge whether those actions are good or bad and act accordingly.
However, this seems to lead to a blatant contradiction. Throughout the Bible, it is stated explicitly several times that we should not judge. Romans 2:1 states, “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.” How do you resolve such a contradiction? Look at the entire statement. The Lord doesn’t just say “Don’t judge,” he says “Don’t judge because it makes you a hypocrite.” When
So what can we do? First, try not to think of others as less than yourself, for we all our equally imperfect in the eyes of God. Second, if we are going to judge, use that judgment to better the world. The key is this. When you observe the act of another which you judge to be unrighteous, do not be arrogant or haughty, but rather don’t copy what they are doing. Therefore, if you are wrong, your actions will be less egregious, and if you are right, the world will be a better place for it.