You’re a Judge, I’m a judge, we’re all judges…

Posted: March 1, 2012 in Harvest Youth

How does everyone feel about judging?
Should we judge anyone?
What does the Bible say about judging?

When people here the word judging, judgmental or judge, its like they almost automatically say something along the lines of, “I judge no one,” or “I hate it when people judge others.”

It’s like a four letter word… people hate to feel judged.

But, what if I told you that it is perfectly ok to judge? Would you think I was judgmental?

What if I told you that you make judgments all the time? Would you think I was crazy?

I guarantee you that you do make judgments, and you do it more often than you realize, you just call it something else, but in the definition of whatever you call it, lies a judgment.

Lets take a look at the term judging, and what it means according to the dictionary.
Judging-Verb: to form an opinion or conclusion about something or someone.

To form an opinion or conclusion about… well I don’t like that term, so I’ll use another. Lets go with Opinion.
Opinion-Noun: a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty.

Nope… no way, I judge no one… lets pick out a different term… I am a discerner… that’s how I roll, I discern, I do not judge. Well here’s the definition of discernment
Discernment-Noun: The ability to judge well.

AHHHH… I do not judge, I hate judging and judgmental people, there has got to be a term that agrees with me…. I know, I am making decision, I am really just a decision maker…
Decision-Noun: the act or process of deciding; determination, as of a question or doubt, by making a judgment.

Friends, you cannot get around it, it does not matter what you call it, it does not matter if you believe it or not… you make judgments every day!

So, why does the Bible say not to judge? It doesn’t… people just say it does… Let me explain.

The passage most people use is Matthew 7:1, which reads: Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged.

Now, if you just read that one verse, it sounds like Jesus is saying that we can never judge anyone, but lets read the whole passage and see what the Lord was saying.

Matt 7:1-6
“Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged. For with the judgment you use, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the log in your own eye? 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? 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. 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.

Now we see a clearer picture. Verses 1-2 are saying that we cannot say that someone is guilty before God; only God can do that. It is also saying that we should not have an impossible standard for people.

Have you ever meet someone like that? You can do everything perfect, but when you make one mistake, they treat you like dirt!

Their standards are too high.

Maybe your standards are too high!

Jesus said that with the judgment you use, it will be used against you. So, don’t go saying, “can you believe that,” or “at least I am not as bad as such and such…” because you are setting yourself up for a harsher judgment.

Ok, back to business.

Jesus says do not judge, but then says that we should fix ourselves first, before we attend to others. First take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

How can we see if there is a speck in our brother’s eye? By discernment, by forming an opinion, or by judging the character of that individual.

Jesus tells us to judge once in this passage, and then again.

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. How can you know who the dogs are or the pigs if you do not discern their actions? Are you not casting a judgment?

Jesus never said not to Judge, He said to judge with righteous judgment.

Jesus on Judging John 7:14
Stop judging according to outward appearances; rather judge according to righteous judgment.

So, as you can see, it is ok to judge.

Now that I have set that up, I want to ask about your friendships.

Do you have non-Christian friends who are bringing you down?

Have you began doing thing you don’t want to do, or are you wanting to stop doing something, but cannot because you friends won’t let you?

You need to make a righteous judgment, and see if that relationship is worth holding on to.

If you want to know how to know who is an unbeliever, here’s a pretty good list.

Gal 5:19-21 HCSB sums up the works of the unbeliever
19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions,
21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. I tell you about these things in advance-as I told you before-that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

If these are the characteristics of the people we are hanging around, we are more likely to stoop to their level than lift them up to ours.

1 Cor 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”

I know you have some non-Christian friends, but are they really your friends?

If you told them tomorrow that you are not going to go out and party with them, would they talk behind your back about you?

Do they talk behind your back now about you?

If they were truly your friend, they would accept the fact that you are choosing to live a better life instead of making empty stabs at happiness through alcohol and drugs, and chasing some man or woman.

They would accept you for who you are, without trying to make you stoop to their level.

Choose your friends wisely people!

God bless,
Dan Fogarty.

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Comments
  1. jamie leger says:

    your an idiot. im perfect. plus, how can you get a log stuck in your eye? lol

    just playin with ya. insightful and very accurate, assessment… or… Judgement.. on judgement. I don’t know, it was good stuff tho. Keep it up.

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