Who am I to judge?

Posted: January 23, 2015 in devotionals
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The pope was quoted in saying the said statement regarding gay people. A lot of people would also be using the same quote and use it as not to say anything negative to offend religious feelings of others. Does the Bible really say that we shouldn’t judge? What should our response be when people uses this against us? It is written…

“Judge not, that you be not judged.”

Let’s study the verse in it’s context.

#1 Is that all what Jesus said?

We have a justice system in our country where a justice presides over a case and renders judgment on the accused, guilty or not guilty. Would they be breaking what Jesus said because we “are not to judge”?

Which leads me to the second point…

#2 Read the succeeding verses.

For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.

Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?

Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye?

You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. (Matt. 7:2-5)

The following verses talk about using the same measurement of judging others to ourselves. It simply is saying, we should not be hypocrites and judge others differently than we would look at ourselves. The verses talk about first, getting ourselves right, confess the issues, get rid of the own roadblocks in our lives before we go on dealing with the issues of others. It is not a blanket statement of not judging but rather, how to judge rightly.

When you go to the book of John, you’d find Jesus saying…

Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment. (John 7:24)

We can deal with people with discernment. We can point out truth from error. We must, however, do it without hypocrisy and do it according to God’s standards, not ours. It’s not about not judging, it’s about judging correctly.

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