Social Media Policing – Homily by Archbishop William Goh (13 Sep 2019)

By | September 14, 2019

If we want to judge, what must we do? First,
we need to examine ourselves. We need to judge ourselves. Because the judgement we render
to others actually is a reflection of who we are. A good man and holy man will always
react with compassion, with understanding, with forgiveness. So the first thing we need
to ask ourselves, therefore, is that when we are judging people, whether it is because
we are self righteous. We are angry with people who have committed some sins but we forget
that sometimes our sins are even worse than them. So before we condemn others, let us
look at our own self, our own sinfulness. That is the reason why if you are conscious
of your sinfulness, you will never condemn people. Secondly, it’s important for us to
ask ourselves, what is the cause of our reaction. Why are we reacting with such anger? There
are two kinds of anger. We’ve got holy anger and spiteful anger. Holy anger is not a sin.
Holy anger is directed at the sin. Spiteful anger is directed at the sinner. That is the
difference. Holy anger is therefore when we look at the sin, we feel sorry. And we must
be equally sympathetic and empathetic to both the victim and the oppressor. Because it is
the sin. Sin is causing everyone to suffer. Even the oppressor who sins himself is suffering.
He doesn’t know. He is suffering too. That is why he is committing sin. If he is not
suffering, he won’t be committing sin. He is also hurting himself. Ultimately he will
destroy himself. It’s not about the person. It is about the sin. So it’s very important
to know what we reacting to. If we are reacting against the sinner, you yourself have committed
another sin. Instead of helping, you are making the person worse. The third reason that we
could sin is because of presumption, because we think we know the person. When the person
sins, honestly, we do not know the whole story. Every sinner, every criminal has a history.
He has a story. Did you hear his story? Did you ask why did he end up in prison? What
happened? Did you ask his family background? Did you ask his whole history? What happened
to him when he was young? How he was rejected? How he was abandoned? Did you hear all these
things? You never. So who are you to judge? And even if you know the external circumstance,
do you know the intention? Even if the facts are verified, we can never judge the person’s
intention. Many of us, we have also hidden sins that we are not conscious. You cannot
be an apostle of mercy if you have not received God’s forgiveness. You cannot receive God’s
forgiveness until you know you are a sinner yourself. Unless we have a compassionate heart,
a sympathetic heart, a heart that really wants to heal people, wants to give hope to people,
a heart that really wants to put things in order, not to destroy people. Our aim must
always be to help people and even to help sinners to redeem themselves. Never destroy
life. And when we do that, then truly we are able to have the heart of Jesus. And this
is what we call a Christian judgement.

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