things have changed

Matthew’s “judge not” passage is a warning to Christians not to judge self-righteously, uncharitably, hypocritically, hypercritically, in a spirit of harsh condemnation. It is a valuable reminder of how easy it is to fall into traps set by a heart grown cold and hard. It is a reminder, too, that all of us need to be appropriately self-critical. But this passage is not — it cannot be — a call to withhold all judgment or never to express a critical opinion of another.

Note that at the end of the passage in Matthew, Christ instructs us not to “give dogs what is sacred” and not to “throw your pearls to pigs.” But of course this means that one has to make discriminating judgments about others. The implied conclusion by Clinton apologists that Christ-like forgiveness should render a person incapable of moral criticism collapses under the sheer weight of biblical evidence. Throughout the New Testament, Christians are called upon to judge false teaching; bad doctrine; idolatry; immorality; and more.

— Bill Bennett, The Death of Outrage (1999)

I’ve been walking forty miles of bad road
If the bible is right, the world will explode
I’ve been trying to get as far away from myself as I can
Some things are too hot to touch
The human mind can only stand so much
You can’t win with a losing hand…
People are crazy and times are strange
I’m locked in tight, I’m out of range
I used to care, but things have changed