Monday, March 20, 2006

Augustine on why people love "Judge not, lest ye be judged."



(which, by the way, doesn't say anything about admonishment, which is commanded to us.)

"For often we wickedly blind ourselves to the occasions of teaching and admonishing [the wicked], sometimes even of reprimanding and chiding them, either because we shrink from the labour or are ashamed to offend them, or because we fear to lose good friendships, lest this should stand in the way of our advancement, or injure us in some wordly matter, which either our covetous disposition desires to obtain, or our weakness shrinks from losing."

Augustine, City of God I.9

1 comment:

Theway2k said...

So Augustine valued reproval as a form of aid to defeat evil? Sounds good. Reproval without judgment I think is the key.