Christians are so Judgment! 6/29/2011 Thur Recap

Posted: July 1, 2011 in Army, Harvest Military

Christians are so Judgment!

-A recent study said that the un-churched world perceives 87% of Christians are Judgmental.

-The most quoted verse in the whole Bible right now is Judge Not, that you not be judged (Luke 6:37, Matt 7:1).

-A common response to us trying to correct someone is, “don’t judge me.” Even if the correction is completely out of love, you will still find people telling you not to judge them, or who do you think you are.

-But the fact is that everyone Judges… Everyone! If you are saying in your head, “not everyone,” you are judging the statement I just made as false… hence the judgment. But there are different kinds of judgment.

Here are some definitions of judgment from the Webster’s dictionary
Definition of JUDGMENT
1) The Judgment of a boss
a : a formal utterance of an authoritative opinion
a boss judges, I do not think that is good work, do better.

2) The Judgment of a judge
a : a formal decision given by a court
b (1) : an obligation (as a debt) created by the decree of a court
(2) : a certificate evidencing such a decree
A judge can put you in prison, and that’s that.

Romans 13:1-3 applies to both boss and judge
1 Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God. 2 So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have its approval.

3) The Judgment of God
a capitalized : the final judging of humankind by God
b : a divine sentence or decision; specifically : a calamity held to be sent by God
God says where you go when you die and that is that.

Acts 17:29-31
29 Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”
Heb 9:27
And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,

4) The Judgment formed over evaluation / discernment
a : the process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing
b : an opinion or estimate so formed
This is the judgment we all make everyday.

-Keep in mind I did not make these up, these are definitions in a dictionary of judgment. It’s not a horrible word or something we should not ever talk about, it’s just a word with many meanings.

-So, If you are a boss you are allowed to judge the work of your subordinates, if you are a judge you are allowed to put people in prison, if you are God you are allowed to cast a final judgment on all men and if you are a person you are allowed to judge situations.

Before we can go any farther, I know someone here is thinking of the scripture, judge not so that you will not be judged. So lets look at it together.

To me the way that Matt 7:1 is perceived in America is a lot like the monkey/hose experiment.
They put 4 monkeys in a room and on the top on a pole they put some bananas. The monkeys would try to climb to the top and get the treats, only to be shot with a water cannon! After they all tried time and time again to get the bananas they eventually gave up. They replaced a monkey with an outsider, one who did now about the water cannon. That new monkey went to go get the treat, but the other monkeys were pulling him down to warn him. Eventually the other monkeys got him to stop. Then another new monkey was traded for an original. The new monkey went for the treat, but the other 3 to include the one who was never shot with the water pulled him down so he could not get the banana. Eventually all the monkeys in the room were not shot with the water cannon and all the monkeys pulled the others down whver they went to get the banana so eventually they all just chilled in the room. The moral of the story is, just because something has always been done a certain way does not mean it is correct.

One day an Americans woke up and realized that he could quote a verse and the Christians would for the most part leave them alone, then his friends caught on, then the nation. Now it is once again the most quoted verse of the whole Bible.

Matt 7:1-5
1 “Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged.
2 For with the judgment you use, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the log in your own eye?
4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and look, there’s a log in your eye?
5 Hypocrite! First take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

-First off we have to look and see what context and who Jesus was addressing in the text.
Jesus is talking to religious leaders about being hypocritical. He is basically saying that they are correcting actions they are in fact doing themselves.
Its like if I go out and tell you not to do something, say rob people, and then you find out I rob lots of people all the time! I have a 2by4 in my eye, and I am being a hypocrite.
This verse actually has much more to do with being hypocritical than judging in my opinion.
Besides, if we do not judge anything how could we obey the very next verse?
Matt 7:6
Don’t give what is holy to dogs or toss your pearls before pigs, or they will trample them with their feet, turn, and tear you to pieces.

We have to judge whether the people are pigs or dogs so that we do not cast our pearls before them.
Jesus doesn’t say do not do something and then change His mind in the next sentence.
We have to make righteous biblical judgments.

Biblical righteous Judgment, what is it?
John 7:24
Jesus, “Stop judging according to outward appearances; rather judge according to righteous judgment.”
1 Th 5:21
Test everything; hold fast what is good.
How will we test something… by judging it!

Victor Shepherd, “Plainly there’s a kind of judgment Jesus forbids us to make; and just as surely there’s a kind of judgment Jesus commands us to make.”

Here are a couple things to keep in mind.
1. The point of righteous judgment is always to correct and to re-align the Christian brother or sister toward God.
2. We do not judge non-Christians… we can tell them about the Christian life, we can try to lead them to Christ, we can pray for them, but we cannot judge them because that is God’s judgment.

What is righteous judgment? We have an example in 1 Cor 5
1 Cor 5:1-5
1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife.
2 And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.
3 For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing.
4 When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus,
5 you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.

-Paul, who is not even there, hears about a sexual sin in the church.
A man is sleeping with his own mother, and the people are arrogant about it.
They are a seeker friendly church. They are accepting of anything, they do not want to cast a judgment or say anyone is wrong, so they are letting anything go.
Verse 3 says that Paul has cast a judgment on the man.
His judgment is to cast this man out of the church delivering him over to Satan (because outside of the church is Satan’s realm), but Paul delivers him over so that his eternal soul may be won.
Paul does not want to punish the man for punishments sake, but to help him realize the error of his ways.

-This is Biblical righteous judgment. The point is always to correct the person so that they repent.

-Speaking on not judging those outside the church, lets examine the same chapter

1 Cor 5:9-12
9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—
10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world (the non-Christians), or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world(because sinners sin).
11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.
12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?
13 God judgestthose outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

-If we were to say that we could never see those who are committing blatant sins of adultery, greed, stealing, ext, then Paul says we would have to leave this world because sinners sin! That is what they do.
If all scripture is really God breathed, then we cannot ignore this.
If you tell me your living with your GF, but that you are not a Christian, I can tell you what God thinks about it, I can ask you to change, but really I have no judgment toward you; that’s not my role.
Now if you tell me you are a believer and you are doing the same thing I am now going to compel you by love to change, show you scriptures, plead with you… but if you are on any sort of a leadership team, you will not be for long without repentance. That’s just the way it is.

-So, if you are here and you are not a believer and this makes no sense to you, that is ok.
But, if you feel God tugging on your heart, and you know you need to make a change, then get with me after this. I would love to pray with you or answer any other questions you may have.

-There are some who give Christians a bad name that judge out of pride or with the wrong type of judgments.
Unfortunately as a Christian we have to bear everything that was ever done with bad motives that Christ followers have done. Although I wish it were the same with the secular world. I mean can we say, “well look at what Hitler did, or Napoleon, or Attila the Hun? Look at what some of the great secular people have done that is so awful.
I mean if there were ever a spokesperson for a good moral secular life it was Tiger Woods, and that man committed adultery on his wife, lied to her and then got a diverse. Surely nobody should want to be a secular person now… but that is how people talk about Christianity. If they know someone or something that has happened in the Christian world they will say, “do you see why I cannot be a part of that world?” It is a ridiculous statement.

-Well, here we are a the end, and I hope this has clarified some things when it comes to Christians being judgmental. Some Christians do judge with wrong motives, but many secular people do also and I think this is an area where we all could use to know and work on so that we can make sure we are not casting a judgment out of wrong motives or one we are not allowed to cast.

Thank you for reading my post.
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