Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged
What Does it Really Mean to Judge Others?
Everyone wants to have their own way without consequence.
The moment someone is held accountable for their words or actions their automatic defense is, “Don’t judge me.”
Case in point: A woman was promoting Homosexuality on a social website and I disagreed with her post and these were her exact words to me, “Don’t judge me for what I believe – make sure you are perfect before you start judging.”
This is not the first time I have heard those words, in fact they seem to be thrown about quite frequently by those who wish to do whatever they want without responsibility or accountability for their ideology or actions.
As a Bible Teacher, I think it’s time to set the record straight!
In Matthew 7:1 of the King James Bible it says, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.”
However, that same verse in the Contemporary English Version of the Bible says, “Don’t condemn others, and God won’t condemn you.”
Clearly, in this passage of scripture “to judge” means “to condemn.”
The truth is, to judge others can also mean to discern between right and wrong and take appropriate action.
Jesus Himself said in John 7:24, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge the righteous judgment.”
Jesus is clearly saying that we do need to judge others but make sure we are judging accurately by God’s standards and not our own.
1st Corinthians 6:2-3 says, “Don’t you know that God’s people will judge the world? And if you are going to judge the world, can’t you settle small problems? Don’t you know that we will judge angels? And if that is so, we can surely judge everyday matters.”
As spiritually mature Christians, it is our responsibility and duty to accurately discern between right and wrong and to correctly instruct others when they are wrong.
Of course, being spiritually mature means that we consistently apply that same standard of judgment to our own lives first so we can see clearly enough to correct others in the first place.
But it does not absolve us from speaking out against sin and injustice.
The Bible says, “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instruction.” Jude 1:23
To “Rebuke” is “to express sharp disapproval or criticism of someone because of their behavior or actions.”
To “Correct” means “to point out the errors or faults, to set right, to change something so that it is right, true or proper”
The Bible gives spiritual leaders the authority to rebuke and correct others.
If a Christian is openly sinning, God even gives spiritual leaders the authority to publicly correct the one who is in error.
The Bible says, “But if any of the leaders should keep on sinning, they must be corrected in front of the whole group, as a warning to everyone else.” 1st Timothy 5:20
The fact is, when I see you doing something wrong and don’t oppose it then I am just as guilty as you are and will have to answer to God for that.
Therefore, I am duty-bound to tell you, when you are missing it!
If you are going to promote sin on social media, then expect conscientious Christians to speak out against it.
My advice… Get accustomed to hearing, “You.. are… wrong” if you intend to openly promote your sinful ideologies online.
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