.“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2 For you will be treated as you treat others.[a] The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.[ Matthew 7:1-2
All of us judge people based on something-appearance, intellect, height, occupation, clothes, social status, etc. Humans, by nature, judge not solely people, but objects, and situations. “Never judge a book by its cover” encapsulates this concept.
It’s one thing to judge a situation or object (since objects and situations have no emotions), but it’s another thing to judge a human. I’ve judged people on many occasions, based on their appearance, among other things; and it’s the same method I’ve been judged. Most notably, for wearing spectacles. “Four eyes,” “Rec Specs,” and “Urkel” were common names I was labeled growing up. (Steve Urkel was a character actor Jaleel White played in the 90s television sitcom, “Family Matters.”) Though the ridicule stopped eventually, the psychological damage resulted in my low self-esteem, contributing to my self-confidence deficiency. It’s startling to know how words reinforce our self-perception because they either uplift or tear us, and can make us feel self-conscious. Humans spot imperfections in each other and tease one another for it.
Timmy Turner is no exception, as he faced such ridicule for his teeth in the episode “The Same Game” in the television animated series, “The Fairly OddParents.”
After being mocked for having large buck teeth by dentist Dr. Bender and his son, Wendell, Timmy wishes everyone and everything were alike. He figures he cannot be judged in that scenario-he is wrong. This time, he’s judged for not being gray and blobby enough to play with his ball he lost to them.You would think he wouldn’t be judged since he’s the same as everyone.
The episode teaches a lesson about judging others and how it affects someone’s self-perception. It raises the question: How would life be if everyone and everything looked the same? Boring, monotonous, dull, and colorless, as the episode depicts.
The problem with judging humans is we may misinterpret or misunderstand someone who could be a potential friend. Plus, it’s easy to offend that person when we label them as a particular thing. We do this because we know little about that person, making it easy for us to view and treat them a certain way before learning more about them. Whether we know someone for 20 years or 20 minutes (regardless how long we knew a person), we must never judge others because the Bible says and, most important, God is the ultimate Judge. He is the one to whom we are accountable and will determine our fate (2 Corinthians 5:10; Hebrews 4:13).