The Walking Dead Comic Lori to Donna on Judgement

This scene takes place toward the beginning of The Walking Dead comic series — and I loved it, especially in hindsight for a few reasons:

1. Loris absolutely correct. Judging others is not Christian at all — yet so many of us do judge each other and especially those who are not Christian (a big no-no).

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.

“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.

“Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you. ~ Jesus, Matthew 7:1-6 NLT

Not going to lie, I’m not 100% sure what that last verse is about. To mean it seems like Jesus is saying, “Besides the fact that you shouldn’t judge because you’re just an imperfect, you also should waste your breath trying to change people who don’t want to be changed.” Jesus didn’t come to force himself upon people. He came to offer himself to us — it’s our choice whether or not we take him up on his offer.

Sometimes as Christians we forget that we are to imitate Christ like a child imitates their parent but we are not Christ just like a child is not the parent.

2. Amy & Andrea don’t claim to be Christian, so why would Donna expect them to live like Christians are called to live? Paul explained this to the Corinthian believers,

When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people.

It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.” ~ Paul, 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 NLT

When someone becomes a believer, they renounce their old ways and turn toward living Christ’s way. I think Paul is saying that if someone is saying they are living for Christ but is doing all these un-Christ-like things then ask them to leave — not to be mean and harsh but to help them see what they are doing and return to the way they professed to wanting to live. Paul over and over again tells people to remember to do everything they do in love — not hate.

3. Andrea will end up taking in Donna’s kids and loving them as her own when Donna and her husband are killed. Though she didn’t profess to be a Christian, she certainly loved those children as Christians are called to love others…

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ ~ Jesus, Matthew 25:34-40 NLT

Jesus commanded us to love as he loved us. When we do that, we are following him.