JUDGMENT GOES TO POWER – Marilyn Armstrong

FOWC with Fandango — Judgment

Of all the Biblical comments on judging, this one spoke to me:


Proverbs 31:9 NIV – Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.

There’s a lot of Biblical stuff about judgment and mainly, it’s about not judging others because you too can be judged and not necessarily how you would prefer. But that’s not the whole story.

There is also a lot of stuff about defending the poor and needy. Taking care of the poor and the helpless. Feeding the hungry. And for failing in this obligation, you can definitely be judged by God and by man and by pretty much anyone. Because these things are part of what makes us human and neglecting them makes us beasts. Actually, I think most beasts are rather nicer than the most of the “men” who rule (?) us.

Nonetheless, there are terrible people in powerful positions in our society. Although I don’t personally judge individuals — friends and family, for example — I figure that those who seek power and especially those who seek power by vote gathering or other less worthy means, deserve to be judged. They asked for it. They strove for it. Now it is our turn. You asked us to give you power, you must be judged on the basis of how you use it.

They have set themselves up as standard-bearers for others, so how can they pretend they haven’t earned the right to be judged?

If you seek power and get it, you will be judged. Power demands judgment. That’s the deal, your covenant with your world. You can’t claim power but also claim freedom from the judgment of others.

12 thoughts on “JUDGMENT GOES TO POWER – Marilyn Armstrong”

    1. I hope we have some good candidates to choose from. The DCC seems to be having a really hard time realizing that they are not addressing what their voters want. It’s very distressing. How come they can’t see what’s right in front of them? This doesn’t require judgment so much as simple common sense.

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      1. I think the Joe Crowley loss to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old community organizer, a former bartender, and self-labeled “Democratic Socialist” in the New York primary last week was an eye opener.

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  1. Much as i have often held very similar thoughts and share a strong desire for true justice i have a problem now with me judging anyone – i am in no way a perfect example from which to give any judgement.

    While sharing a common root (Latin Jus = law) there is a world of difference for humans between the words, and actions, of judgement and justice.

    In our society (any society) judgement comes from on high, or at best from our peers, not from those under judgement or underneath those in power. Those in power, even that granted by people of lower standing, deserve to be judged by their peers or those of higher standing – as all will be in the end.

    As for Fandango’s comment about judging people before they vote, there is a major problem with that: once in power people often become ( through different circumstances) to those they were in before) a different person to the ones they (at least) appeared to be before they were in a position of such power. Power corrupts (us all) …

    As the election of Mr Trump proves – human judgement (of what is right or best for us) can oftentimes be very suspect.

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    1. The thing is, Trump was clearly going to be a very bad president and anyone who wanted to see it, could easily see it. He was never a decent human being, not at any point in his life. You don’t need to be a god to judge him: he’s a bad person in every way that matters.

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      1. The sad thing is – so many Americans saw him for what he looked like on The Apprentice and figured he was better than the alternative – at least for them. 😦

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        1. I think some people just wanted what they got. They wanted a mean old hater. I don’t know if they realized exactly how MUCH they were getting, but not everyone is disappointed. Some people still think he is just fine.

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          1. Some people here do too!!! But we largely don’t have to live with his dictats. We have those here who think they would love a Trump like leader to rule them.

            I think the ones we have are quite pathetic enough thank you very much. 🙂

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    1. I get frustrated often by this. I’ve made so many friends online that live so far away. I’d love to meet you, too.

      You also have the name of one of my husband’s favorite (and longest running) former girlfriends and when he first saw you show up, he was sure you must be her in disguise. He was very saddened that you weren’t her 🙂

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