Careful judgment

Careful judgment

Acts 25:20 “I was at a loss how to investigate such matters; so I asked if he would be willing to go to Jerusalem and stand trial there on these charges.”

Festus knew his limitations of judgment. He didn’t understand the Jewish religion and he had never met Jesus.
Festus could have pretended but integrity meant he had to acknowledge his limitation on the subject.
The KJV says Festus doubted the manner of the questions. He would be easily fooled by the cross-examination and he did not want to be deceived.
It is possible to pass judgments on other people when:
We have limited knowledge about them.
What we do know we do not understand.
We become fooled by what others say about them.
The judgements we make in these situations are often far from perfect. They are not only unjust, the base for that judgment is biased towards the loudest voice.
Let’s hold our judgments until we know more than we do today.

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