Happy New Year once again, and welcome to your year of whatever you want it to be. So we’ve been talking about the act of judging others for some time now. By God’s grace, the recent tithing debate has further exposed how easy it is for so-called Christians to judge and condemn others. It just reminds me of a particular event that occurred in primary school when the class captain was asked to write names of noise makers.
Names of Noise Makers: A Historical Background
There was this very annoying, but fun practice we did in primary and secondary school. It was called “writing names of noise makers.” Basically, every class had a class captain, who was like the leader, and the major power of a class captain was writing names of noise makers. It was like the most coveted power in school back then.
Writing names of noise makers is self-explanatory. Just think about it, noise makers in class, writing their names down. But the real catch was that the names of noise makers were given to the class teacher or any teacher concerned, and then punishment followed. However, flogging/spanking/better koboko was the major punishment in our day.
Names of Noise Makers: Hilary vs Trump
So, when I was in Primary 3, or as it’s now called “Basic 3,” we were having our annual inter-house sports competition, and everyone was feeling high. It was all about which house would win the inter-house sports competition.
The inter-house sports competition was held separately for lower grades (primary 1-3) and higher grades (primary 4-6). Unfortunately, it was the higher grades that were competing at the time. So, we were locked down in our classes, but we were all still hyped.
Now, there was this very stubborn, artistically talented but largely misunderstood boy in our class, let’s call him “Trump.” He was a frequent visitor of the class captain’s names of noise makers. Let’s call our class captain “Hilary” (yes, our president was a girl). On that blessed day, Hilary (who kind of hated Trump) was given the notorious task of writing names of noise makers.
While we were all busy making noise and campaigning for our houses, Hilary was busy developing her names of noise makers, and gathering election results. All of a sudden, the class teacher came in and asked for the names of noise makers, bringing the election process to an end. Hilary, after a brief consultation with her cabinet, submitted the results. Guess what? “What?” Trump won the election. His name was number one (1) on her list, but that’s where trouble started.
The Election Was Rigged
As the class teacher called out the names of noise makers, it turned out that Trump didn’t even come to school on that day. He was totally absent. He did not participate in the election at all, so how did he win? How was his name number one on the list of noise makers? How did his name even get on the list in the first place?
There was confusion in the whole class, as it became clear that the list of noise makers was rigged. For Trump’s name to be number one, it questioned the justification for the other names being on the list. The whole class was in disarray. There was an uproar for justice. As a result, the class teacher nullified the election and the list was discarded.
The Danger of Prejudice: Evidence from the Story
You see, the rigging of the names of noise makers was made possible through the spirit of prejudice and condemnation. Hilary hated Trump so much that he was a registered noise maker in her heart. For her to have written his name down as an offender, even though he was absent from school, confirms this.
When I think about it, there is a great possibility that Trump’s name did not always deserve to be on the list. He was a victim of prejudice and condemnation. It means that anytime Hilary was asked to write name of noise makers, Trump was her major target. If he simply asked his neighbour for stationery, she would write his name down. If he even raised his hand and asked for permission, as long as he spoke, she would write his name down. As a matter of fact, if he as much as coughed or farted, and was pointed as the culprit, she would write his name down.
Evidence from Recent Events
We have been pointing fingers at each other for God knows how long. Nevertheless, just when we expect that Christ’s teachings would be a positive influence on our lives, Christianity never ceases to amaze us.
The recent debate on tithing has really exposed a lot of lapses in the Nigerian Christian community. I mean, I thought that Christianity was all about following Christ? I guess it is true that Christianity is actually a way of life, and not a religion. If not, why on earth would people who claim to be Christians continue to judge others when the person they claim to be following (Christ) is strictly against it?
Matthew 7:1-5 says:
Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
It is clearly hypocrisy, as noted above. Imagine a certain popular General Overseer responding to Daddy Freeze on his pulpit by judging his past/present? No matter how bad Daddy Freeze’s approach was or continues to be, are you not supposed to be the Christian in the house? Imagine saying that he beats his wife, broke his son’s knees, sleeps with women and drinks alcohol, on the pulpit?
How long will we continue to judge one another? When are we going to stop finding faults and pointing fingers? How long will we continue to condemn the innocent? How long will we continue in this act of hypocrisy? And we call ourselves Christians?
As Christians, let us stop this hypocrisy and start walking in love and mercy as Christ has commanded us. Let us stop looking for the worst in people, and start seeing the best in them. Remember, judge not, and you won’t be judged (Matthew 7:1).
Have a splendid weekend free of judging others.
Cheers and God bless you infinitely!!!