“Thou shalt not judge…”
“You can’t judge me!”
I hear these phrases more and more lately. They bother me because they’ve become a defensive justification for lack of accountability. No one really wants to be corrected, but loving correction is both necessary and biblical.
~ Do not judge so that you will not be judged. ~ Matthew 7:1
Matthew 7:1 is the default defense most often invoked by those inconvenienced when confronted with truth. I feel the word ‘judge’ is erroneously applied in a modern context by our easily offended, politically correct social culture.
~ For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. ~ Matthew 7:2
All men are judged by the same standards, sinners and Christians alike.
Next comes the speck/plank/log in the eye. And then-
~ You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” ~ Matthew 7:5
Christ is telling up to not ‘judge’ hypocritically. If I’m a thief, I am in no position to admonish another for being a thief. We must make a careful assessment of ourselves, first.
~ Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test? ~ 2 Corinthians 13:5
~ Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? ~ Romans 2:3
It is not a Christian’s directive to condemn anyone. It is, however, important for Christians to correct, rebuke, and encourage others.
~ Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness.~ Galatians 6:1
~ Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction. ~ 2Timothy 4:2
We do not glorify God by being politically correct. Why do we profess our love for our brethren, but let them walk right into the devil’s snare. It’s not loving to keep silent for fear of offending. It’s enabling, and it implies endorsement by acceptance.
~ Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. ~ Ephesians 4:15
~ Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins. ~ James 5:20
Jesus did not sit back on His laurels and wait for more folks to turn back to their sinful ways. He insisted that sinners STOP sinning. He didn’t teach us to never judge; He taught us how to judge righteously.
~ If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. ~ Matthew 18:15
~ Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly. ~ John 7:24
Who are we to judge? Well, we are disciples learning to bear fruit, and showing others the ways of Christ. Just as He taught us.
~ A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. ~ Luke 6:40
Be Blessed, Y’all.