Jesus said, “Do not judge by appearance, but judge with righteous judgment” (Jn. 7:24).
How often do we judge a situation or an individual by appearance? Probably more often than we should.
We rarely learn the facts or talk with the person to know them. Sadly, this almost always leads to wrong conclusions and unfair assessments.
The envy and jealousy of the religious leaders toward Jesus moved them to pursue whatever extremes necessary to remove this threat to their power.
When leaders today judge by appearance, righteous judgment is hindered. The results are always destructive.