Judge NOT! (part 1)

I think Matthew 7:1, judge not least you are judged, is the most mis-interpreted and best remembered verse in the Bible. I have heard that so many times from so many different types of people, but always for the exact same reason- someone is being told that what they are doing is wrong. Well, when someone says you shouldn’t judge, they are right (to a certain extent)… AND, at the same time, very wrong. I know that might sound like double speak, but let me explain…

Ever hear the expression, so-and-so has really good judgment? The simple fact is that it is an integral part of our lives. If you have ever said to someone, that person is really nice, then welcome to the club- you have just made a judgment call about someone. It was a positive judgment, but a judgment none-the-less.

Secondly, if there was no judging, then there would be no prisons. In reality, people have no problem judging others, especially if it involves some kind of personal violation they can identify with, like rape or murder. If it can happen to them, they are fine with judging it.

They just don’t want you judging THEM, especially if it is one of the “I’m not hurting anyone” activities people participate in. These include things like pre-marital sex, homosexuality, and getting drunk. I have heard someone justify stealing from department stores because the stores can afford it and then get upset when someone labels them as a thief.

When someone says “you shouldn’t judge others”, what they are really saying is, “I want to live my life any way I want to without having to worry about judgment down the road, and in order for that to happen, you can’t start saying that what people are doing is wrong… unless I agree that that it is wrong.”

So why does that verse say don’t judge? (Dive in with me into Matthew 7:1-5 in part 2)

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Published in: on November 17, 2008 at 1:45 am  Leave a Comment  

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