Life isn’t a movie! Then why do we treat it as if it is? We are so quick to judge others without considering the hurt it causes for the one on the receiving end. In a movie, it is not personal; it’s pointed at a character who has no feelings. Like a ball thrown against a brick wall, it bounces right off. No harm done.

There is a thin line between constructive and destructive criticism; it’s a line that is easy to cross. Today, we have crossed that line, and it is tough to go back when that line is crossed. Nothing positive comes from destructive criticism, only hurt feelings and anger.

The best way to understand people is to listen to them, to try to understand them. Can you imagine how boring this world would be if everyone had the same views and beliefs? Criticism of those different beliefs will do nothing to change the way that people feel.

When the shooting of a movie is over, the actor walks off the set the same person as they were when they walked on; everything they went through, whether good or bad, whether good or evil, they leave on that set.

But, in real life, that is not how it works, people do not remain unchanged, and when people change, society changes with it. We need to talk more; we need to learn to understand people and not make a quick judgment against those who disagree with our views.

We are not judge and jury; we do not get to decide whether someone goes to heaven or hell. That decision is for God to make, and like the criminal on the cross with Jesus, The verdict could be totally different than what we thought it would be.

So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself and said unto them, “He that is without sin among you, let him cast a stone at her”

John 8:7.

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