One of the mistakes that all humans make is the mistake of judgment. We pass judgment on others in the daily course of our day; we do it not just once but many a times, each and every day. We pass judgment about religious, business, and political behaviors of our peers simply because they think and act differently than I. This is one of the most fundamental mistakes of us, humans.
Case in point:
A young man from church recently made the following comment about adoption.
“Why would a couple adopt only from another couple of the same church? There are so many children out there who need to be adopted.” There are many ways to review and respond to this question. One is obvious; it has a religious connection, which makes just plain sense. To me, the second part of the comment is a lot more important than the first part. He is passing judgment according to his way of thinking and that is where we always go wrong.
He is basically accusing other people of not adopting these hopeless children. Why, should judgment be passed? Please adopt children from where ever background you would like, I will not pass judgment, I will command you for your giving heart, and respect the way you found to help your fellow man. And do not judge me for not doing so. My sacrifice, my ability to serve mankind is just different, not wrong, just different.
Religious people should know better, but we still fall into the pattern above and delay spiritual process every time we do so.