Pope Francis says “Who am I to judge?”

Wow, a religious leader following broader Biblical ideas!  See link:

http://www.smh.com.au/world/pope-bluntly-faults-churchs-focus-on-gays-and-abortion-20130920-2u326.html

And he has it right.  Christians believe it is up to God to judge us, yet many religious groups try to push their own moral agendas instead of being loving towards fellow humans.

The article mentions that people focused on anti-gay and anti-abortion want him to speak about such things.  One of his quotes shows a very insightful outlook:

“A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality,” Pope Francis told Father Spadaro. “I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person.”

The way I see it is that we can be honest that we are concerned that certain things are sinful, but it is not up to us to decide if our thoughts should be imposed on others unless there is an obvious wider risk of harm to others.  We should offer support and insight to those engaging in actions that we are unsure about, but we should do it with an open ear and an understanding heart.
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4 Responses to Pope Francis says “Who am I to judge?”

  1. chialphagirl says:

    In general I agree, but I think abortion is a more complex issue because of your own stipulation of “unless there is an obvious wider risk of harm to others.” I think you can make the argument for dependency on the mothers body and thus her decision but only until viability and then it becomes an argument for pre-meditated murder.

    • jasonjshaw says:

      I think you make note of a good area to draw a harder line on the issue of abortion. Anytime before the ability for an infant to be reasonably independent is a grey area that required a judgement call. I can’t imagine the choice of having an abortion would be an easy one for anyone, you have to live with the ‘what if?’ of that decision for the rest of your life. I also can’t imagine the negative impact on a child of a parent who is forced to go through with a pregnancy from early on. I believe in this grey area we shouldn’t judge, but we should be there to support those who do have to endure such situations and help them understand their options and ways to avoid being in their situation again. It can be a great opportunity for Christianity to step in and help lift people up out of the darkness rather than push them further into it.

      • chialphagirl says:

        I tend to think that Christians should fight for adoption. Fight to change legislation to make adoption quicker, easier, more streamlined from state to state, and cheaper. I think more Christians should foster and adopt. I think adoption is the only way we can actually combat abortion because you are right, the anguish that most women must go through in making that decision is not something we should judge. But I also think we have to do all we can to defend those who are defenseless and somehow I think God would rather us try to save babies than do nothing for fear of judging.

  2. jasonjshaw says:

    Ideally, yes, if the foster care and adoption system is efficient and effective then that opens doors to work harder at reducing the need for abortion. I think that’s where gay rights come in too, as that would be a significant opportunity to allow children to grow up in a loving environment and they have a unique need for opportunities in order to raise a family.

    I don’t know a lot about the foster care system, but from what I’ve heard, it can be quite the difficult experience for children that don’t end up lucking out and finding their way to a loving and accepting family. Not to mention the ever-increasing cost of living making it more challenging to provide the necessities of life to children.

    I see it as a question of balance – by not allowing abortion, would we actually be putting more children into harmful situations than we would be with abortion as an option?

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