Crowder: Everybody Judges
posted at 6:51 pm on June 11, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
They’re just not very clear on the concept, Steven Crowder writes in his latest column at Patriot Update. The kerfuffle over Erick Erickson’s comments on breadwinners and gender roles in households touched off another big round of accusations of being “judgmental,” to which Steven says … so what?
Recently, a friend of mine (Erick Erickson) had the nerve to insinuate that men and women were inherently different. He was met with accusations of “sexism” and “being judgmental.” Similarly, a couple of months ago, I wrote a column at FoxNews about how my wife and I made the choice to wait until marriage. Some people claimed that they felt “judged.” I’m okay with that.
The word “judgment” has been turned into a dirty word nowadays. Non-Christians have used it as a go-to attack in an attempt to paint believers as pompous jerks. Christians themselves are afraid of the word, and more importantly the act itself. While it’s true that we as people shouldn’t constantly be judging everybody, we absolutely should be judging every decision that we possibly can. As a matter of fact, most people already do.
You clicked on this column. You made a judgment call. What are you drinking at your desk right now? Coffee, tea, maybe water? That’s a judgment call. What kind of car did you drive into the office? A Government Motors rattle-box or maybe a tightly engineered Honda? Judgment call.
To have ever admitted to making a mistake, is to have made a very clear-cut and final judgment.
First things first. While I understand Erick’s point, I disagreed with him on what the data meant. I think the ideal situation for a family is to have one parent at home and have the other being the breadwinner — and the one with the most commercial potential should be the latter, if inclined to do so. I’ve known couples where that’s been the wife, and the families thrive regardless. The real issue in the increase of women as breadwinners to 40% of households is the increase in single-parent homes where women have no choice but to be the breadwinners.
I didn’t think Erick offered his position out of hostility toward women or some deeply ingrained chauvinism, because I know Erick and that’s not who he is. Those who assumed that kind of hostility were themselves making judgments on Erick’s state of mind and soul; rather than just argue that he was wrong, they argued that he disliked strong, independent women without any evidence other than an arguably poor analysis.
And that, actually, is what that passage in Matthew 7:1 means. We can certainly judge whether Erick’s analysis is right or wrong (or formulate opinions about it). We can judge whether his conclusions match the data, and whether his policy recommendations are wise. We can judge his actions, and in fact in many instances we must do this, but we should not presume to judge the status of his soul or his heart, for that is left to the Ultimate Judge. Unfortunately, this is a distinction lost on all of us at times, and on some of us more regularly.
Steven offers up a great conclusion:
Now, as per usual, I’m pretty sure that there are many of you reading this and are furious with me.
To you I say, congratulations … you’ve just made a judgment.
Well, I laughed …