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“No Condemnation vs “No Judgement”

People say “No Judgement” all the time when they want you to answer a question that might illicit a response that isn’t politically correct. Get you to admit you do something out of the mainstream.

But the reality is you are going to be judged. Matter of fact you might be judged more positively if you admit you are gay, or listen to Britney Spears or Nickleback.

So let’s just say what we really mean.

No Condemnation

What the person is really saying is they won’t condemn you for that admission. You can be gay or like any music and I won’t condemn you, think badly of you, or say hurtful words to you.

Some Extra Thoughts

Why shouldn’t we judge? In American culture it is a basic value you shouldn’t judge people. Where did that come from? I’m pretty sure the admonition against judgement is related to Jesus’s command not to judge people. Only he really didn’t say that exactly.

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Jesus, Matt 7:1-2

What he’s really saying is be careful when you judge others because you’ll get judged just as harshly when it is your turn.

PS. This is a slightly different kind of Word Hack. It is a poor word usage. I’ll occasionally include one of these because I don’t like the misuse of the word. “Vagina” is like that. Should I write its misuse a Word Hack? Comment below.

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