The Importance Of Personal Judgement

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“First impressions are powerful and rich sources of information about other people, and studies have demonstrated that they predict performance in numerous domains.” (Ambady & Rosenthal, 1993) I always considered myself to be highly intelligent, conscientious, psychologically well-adjusted, and accurate in my overall judgments; however, I embarrassingly admit, a time when my personality judgment of hiring a candidate for employment based on religious inferences was an epic mistake. Debra (pseudonym) was the target of my judgment and charisma was the trait that I thought I could judge with some degree of accuracy. Many Christian leaders wrestle with whether they should hire Christians in their workplace. In 1 Corinthians 5 Paul wrote, “I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister in Christ but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunk or a swindler. Do not even eat with such people.” Paul postulates that you could hire someone who professes to be a brother or sister in Christ yet their lifestyle is such that he is urging us not to associate with them. On the other hand, he also tells us we cannot escape immoral people. In Matthew 5, Jesus taught that Christians are to be “the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let

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