"Every time you criticize someone, you condemn yourself." Romans 2:1
Criticism has unfortunately become a huge part of our culture. I think that criticism of others usually makes one feel better about their own short comings. Just look at how popular the show "American Idol" is. The most popular episodes of that show are the ones where bad auditionees come on stage and perform HORRIBLY. People LOVE watching it, and people love criticizing them. Even the uplifting TV show “The Biggest Loser” causes American’s to sit on their couch and judge as morbidly obese people attempt to run on the treadmill or hike up a mountain. No one escapes this sink hole—we are all guilty. But people wonder why so many kids are depressed?! Being critical of others is not following in God's footsteps. It is not loving your neighbor as yourself. It is not the way God intended us to exist with each other. I think that the wonders of modern medicine have blinded us to some of the real problems that exist in our society--if we stopped picking on each other and started lifting each other up, there would be no more need for prozac or wellbutrin. If television shows became geared toward human accomplishment and not human shortcomings, the world would be a happier place.
“God pays no attention to what others say (or what you think) about you. He makes up his own mind.” Romans 2:11
When I finished this reading, the above quote brought me a lot of comfort. Yes, people are critical, and yes, people are mean. But God doesn’t care what labels you wear, or what other people place on you. God loves you for the person you are when no one is looking. Because when no one is looking, you have God’s undivided attention.