The Civility Experiment

I absolutely LOVE this video.
Probably because I can imagine something like this happening to me. As many times as the scriptures tell us to “judge not,” I still do. I think I tend to judge harshly when I encounter those that I am “afraid of” on some level and I bet I miss out on a LOT that life has to offer by holding back or even hesitating to reach out to people that seem different or that make me uncomfortable for whatever reason.

I’ve always loved the verses in Luke that follow what is commonly known as The Golden Rule

Luke 6:31-38
And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Good stuff.


  1. I heard an interesting comment on “Being” (used to be “Speaking of Faith”) this morning where the host, Krista Tippet, was interviewing an Arab who was born in Jerusalem who is a very positive and moderate voice seeing both the Arab view and the Jewish view. He was meeting with some representatives of the Israeli Army about their lack of protection of Israeli Arabs, and his son happened to be with him. One of the Army officers complained that this was a manipulative attempt to make them try to see him as a human being, a father, and that his son should leave. But he is a human being and a father, and what could be more important than remembering that what we all have in common is our humanity? Manipulative or not, remembering that we are all human beings is the one thing that will help us be civil, I think. Reminds me of that old Sting song, “Russians,” from the cold war with the line “Hope the Russians love their children too.” Thanks for this post to reinforce that idea for me today.

  2. carol in seattle :) says:

    Dang Stacy! How do you ALWAYS know just exactly what *I* need to hear? Thanks for a reminder to be kinder, gentler, more civil, less judgemental…….

  3. Sometimes doing the right thing is the hardest thing of all.

  4. Just wanted to pop over and say “Happy birthday week” – well thats what we call it in our house and we try and have a nice ‘week!’ – enjoy the days leading up to your birthday :>

    julie from new zealand

  5. Bec_Kilgore says:

    Thanks for sharing this. Happy Birthday, too.

  6. Good stuff, indeed!

  7. Kim Ket. says:

    Really good stuff!

  8. Melissa Norstrom says:

    Stacy, Thank you I was in a mood this morning. House work and such. And your post made me realize just what scripture says.
    Again Thank you! You do touch so many even in your own small way! The blog & tweets!
    God will bless you for all this!

  9. Thanks for the reminder. I just found out this week end that I had judged someone wrongly. It leaves a hole in your heart when you realize what you’ve done. Everyone is a child of God and has worth, we just can’t see into their heart or their private lives. I must also be more forgiving when someone judges me in the same manner.

  10. I have been working on not judging others. It is harder than it seems at times. I also love those verses you quoted. Reminds me of a lesson the Lord taught me a few years ago when I had mean and cranky neighbors, which made me angry. I wasn’t sending them any love; only angry thoughts…then I was convicted and worked to change my thoughts and views.
    Thankfully our heavenly Father does not leave us as we are.

  11. Marcie L says:

    Thanks for this post, it is a reminder we all need.

  12. jennifer h says:

    What a great video – thank you for sharing:)

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