Radical nonjudgmentalism is my term for a false doctrine preached by well-meaning but obstinately retarded evangelicals. In brief, it’s the idea that we may not form opinions about other people, because Jesus said turn the other cheek and to do otherwise pre-empts either God’s mercy or his vengeance. This is merely the Enlightenment ideal of tolerance justified by facile exegesis, which serves the believer to abnegate their moral responsibility to others (both inside and outside the church). This sermon by Greg Boyd ought to serve as a good representative of the idea.
As with all incorrect theses, much of what he says in support is correct. But the absurdity of the statement “You ought not to have any opinion about another person except that they were worth Jesus dying for them” may be demonstrated very easily. Let’s say you have to hire a babysitter, and one of the applicants is a convicted child molester. Is it moral in this situation to judge? Even evangelicals can figure this one out, though they will twist and turn to square the circle with this ridiculous idea that human exercise of judgment is unChristian, i.e. not Christ-like. (Which, stated explicitly like that, is obviously false: Christ judged people constantly.) So judgment is good in at least one context: thinking and acting in a way that keeps your kids safe from sexual predators. Clearly there is some confusion here, and where confusion reigns self-deception flourishes.
This confusion can be traced back to the distinction between moral and amoral judgments, and the valuation of all people as equally deserving of both trust and benevolence. Both are addressed by Jesus’ admonition “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” Radical nonjudgmentalism inverts this through the relentless self-deception of affective naivete:
(Excerpts taken from the introduction to Robert Greene’s 48 Laws of Power.)
As with most things that are wrong with Christianity in the West, the anti-realistic attitude that opinions are immoral can be traced back to the gnostic attitude that it is sinful to be wise in the ways of the world. In reality, this is typically a mere affectation: the people who profess this are more often than not quite worldly, yet they profess naivete in order to appear classy and high status.
“You still have a TV? I haven’t even heard of television. Me, care what other people are interested in? How ineffably bourgeois! Now if you’ll excuse me, I left my couscous on the stove.”
Such a disingenuous person reveals himself in the thousands of value judgments he makes every day. “I felt the Spirit was convicting me to get a well-compensated sinecure in a church ministry in a walkable city with a heavily white school district.” Such an odd coincidence that the Spirit is always leading people to health and wealth!
Be careful though, there really are people who believe this shit—these are the most dangerous of all, and the least amenable to reason, because the harm they cause themselves has invoked their investment bias and probably a martydom complex to boot. You’ll know that type by their psychological Shadow’s masochistic desire to pursue more and more reckless expressions of anti-realism. The only good news is this will quickly remove them from the breeding pool somewhere in South Detroit.
The root cause of this anti-realist attitude is psychological projection by normies onto God, because their beliefs are so inexorably determined to avoid social shame that they only believe in taboo. A normie’s response to the trolley problem is to let the trolley kill the five people (preferring the sin of omission with larger stakes) because they can’t possibly be blamed for that outcome, whereas they could be blamed for murdering the fat man. Imagine someone possibly thinking they aren’t good people. The horror! (And nevermind the damage they cause in their endless pursuit to be thought well of.) But the correct and 100% amoral answer to the trolley problem is obviously to push the fat man.
And that is why you don’t need to feel led by the Spirit to say no to the pedophile who wants to babysit your kids.