“Why do you notice the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye?... You hypocrite, remove the plank from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:3-5). It’s clear then—if I’m seeing correctly—that Plank-eyed People are hypocrites: in this case, people who judge small faults in others while being oblivious to their own greater ones. They are so “magnanimous” as to even wish to correct the little faults of their poor speck-eyed brethren. That’s actually a way of remaining blind to the plank: focus on someone else’s faults and you’ll never see your own.
We just don’t seem to get it. Listen again: “as you judge, so will you be judged.” One more time: “the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.” I guess we don’t think that’s true, because we keep judging others in ways we would not wish to be judged, and measuring out to others what we would not wish to be measured out to ourselves—not realizing what the consequences are for the way we regard and treat others. Woe to us on the Last Day when we see how we judged, how we measured others, finally realizing—but all too late—that what we did to others we did to Christ. If we die still refusing to remove the planks, they will be used as fuel for an everlasting fire to be set beneath us.
So let us not be among the Plank-eyed People. There is still time to change. If Jesus tells us to remove the planks, that means it is possible to do so. With the help of God’s grace, remove the planks and build with them a stand upon which to place the book of the Holy Gospel. Now you will see clearly to read the word of the Lord—and maybe even to help your brother with that little speck in his eye.