Or: It’s Pharisees all the way down.
One of the bright spots on Facebook is Tom Gould’s tomics, and of course everybody’s favorite “don’t be judgy” Bible reading got a comic out of him– it’s actually quite good, hit the link, it goes to his Patreon page. Please use the right-click, open in another window, because you’re likely to get lost in stuff like St. Luke’s Gospel in the style of the classics.
A less bright spot was a sudden surge of memes and comics elsewhere that boil down to “how dare you object to sin, you’re only doing that because it’s not your sin.” While yes, this is a change from the usual “you’re a hypocrite” or “you’re a hypocrite and a liar” angle, it also infuriated me for some reason I really couldn’t put a finger on.
Finally, when I saw Mr. Gould’s Pharisee comic again, something clicked:
I was infuriated because a lot of people fight all the harder against those sins they are familiar with. Exactly because they know how dangerous they are, and don’t want other folks to hurt that way.
You’d have to know their hearts to truly judge which is their motive– and you’re not God.
So it’s like the comic.
The desire to find someone you can decide is worse, and thus discount, is apparently a rather old one; gosh, it’s like Jesus knew what He was talking about, or something, eh? 😉