just mercy (a discussion).

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Hi. My name is Cara …and I judge people.

I take the gavel into my own hands, and I decide to play the Great Judge.

I judge the homeless man who shouts at his reflection in the window, the one who paces back and forth after our Sunday night dinner. I judge the workers clad in orange jumpsuits, the ones who dig ditches on the side of my busy four-lane highway. I judge the woman who sits outside the post office with her four children in tow, cardboard signs propped on every lap, five sets of eyes that plead at me for mercy.

And I think: I take my medicine. Well, thank God my sin isn’t as bad as theirs. At least I’d have the decency to keep my kids in school.

I judge, I judge and I judge again, feeling justified in my judgment of others.

But when the ugliness of my own heart astounds me, my own lack of mercy begs me get down on hands and knees, and plead heavenward for more, for some, for any.

So tell me, am I the only one?

Am I the only one who forgets to show mercy to the least of these, to those who need it the most?

Click here to read the rest of the post, which is a discussion at She Loves Magazine on what may be the best and most important book I’ve read this year, Just Mercy.  In light of all that’s happened this week in Baltimore – and beyond – I find talking about issues of race and social activism incredibly relevant.  

5 thoughts on “just mercy (a discussion).

  1. Wow, Cara! Unfortunately, I fear we must all do some of this, all the while thinking we don’t judge others. If God judges us by our own standards, we are in trouble. We must all work on not being so judgmental or prejudiced (even when we think we are not.) Have a great Thursday!

  2. Our capitalist society shows very little mercy to the least of our people. Bank policies are designed to penalize customers with fees while maximizing profits. Compound interest keeps people indebted which goes against Christian principles forbidding usury. State legislators refuse to support plighted communities. Classicism divides: private school v. public school; suburb v. inner city; smart v. average, designer v. non-brand; one cultural behavior v. another’s cultural behavior. Money can buy justice, while impoverished citizens, who are often polarized, inherit unjust laws, and the unending culture of bias.

    Ask any tax paying citizen who dodges pot holes all day, has poor city services, works three jobs, has four mouths to feed, is a day late and a dollar short, and is looked down upon what it feels like to be judged?

    1. Amen, Meredith. Amen. Let’s continue to be passionate about this together (and read the book – it’s amazing).

      Cara Meredith

      writer, speaker, musician. carameredith.com

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