DAV Magazine — March/April 2018
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Judge not, lest you be judged
Michael P. Dover


Everyone has heard the saying, “Never judge a book by its cover.” Well, that certainly is true when applied to everyday life. Most of us tend to look at others’ external appearances and draw a short conclusion on their character when we first observe them—and I’m sure many of us have found ourselves mistaken.

In today’s world, tolerance is emerging as a chief cultural value. Our hearts often preach to us that true love is an accepting love, and that true love is allowing one to live whatever lifestyle they prefer. We can disagree with people’s lifestyles, but it is not our place to judge and condemn others. Such individuals are people of value in the eyes of the Creator, and my faith teaches to extend love to all.

At an organizational level, DAV also believes in and practices a policy of non-judgment. Specifically, we have a nondiscrimination policy read at each national convention that states:

“Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Disabled American Veterans has a non-discrimination policy, actively promoting pluralism and diversity in all its programs, including its board, staff and constituencies. All requests for aid and assistance are given equal consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, age or any other legally protected classification. Further, nondiscrimination policy applies to all qualified applicants for employment by the DAV for all positions, and to all activities in which DAV has been engaged, is now engaged or in any way may be engaged at any time in the future.”

We may sometimes poorly extend love to those who engage in lifestyles that are contrary to our own—this is human nature. But remaining conscious of the need to share a generous spirit with your fellow man, the next time you disagree with someone’s opinions or beliefs, their religion, sexuality or national origin, remember to extend mercy, love and grace to all, just as it has been extended to you.

In His Service to You.