Sunday, July 4, 2010

Urban Legends II- Christians Shouldn't Judge

CHRISTIANS SHOULDN’T JUDGE

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2 For you will be treated as you treat others.The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. 3 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 4 How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.” Matthew 7:1-5 (NIV)

This urban legend is one of the most misunderstood, misquoted & misapplied teachings of scripture. If we were forbidden to make moral and spiritual judgments, we would have no objective way to distinguish between truth and error. If we follow the crowd on this one, we’ll end up going down a trail that not only differs from what Jesus said but also defies logic, obscures truth, and propagates sin. The verb that’s translated "judge" (krinete) is one that basically means "to separate", or "to make a distinction" between things, to discriminate. Our word critic is derived from this word. It means to sift out and analyze evidence.
 Simply put to judge means to observe the evidence, evaluate it, and arrive at a certain conclusion based on the evidence.

WHEN ARE CHRISTIANS NOT TO JUDGE?

Christians are not to judge people’s MOTIVES or INTENTIONS.
“Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.” 1 Corinthians 4:5
Christians are not to judge other Christians regarding DISPUTABLE MATTERS.
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. One man’s faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables.” Romans 14:1-2 (rd. 1-10)
Christians are not to pass judgement on people for their MORAL FAILURES.


“You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.” Romans 2:1-5 (see also Luke 6:37-38)
Christians are not to judge UNBELIEVERS.
“What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside.” 1 Corinthians 5:12-13 (see also John 3:17)

WHAT ARE CHRISTIANS TO JUDGE?

1. Christians are to judge DOCTRINE.
“If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.” 2 John 1:10-11
2. Christians are to judge OURSELVES.
“But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.” 1 Corinthians 11:31-32
3. Christians should judge UNREPENTED SIN among those who claim to be Christians.
“So watch yourselves. "If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.” Luke 17:3
“In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.”
2 Thessalonians 3:6 (see also, 1 Corinthians 5)

HOW ARE CHRISTIANS TO JUDGE?

Christians are to use the MIND OF CHRIST to make judgements about everything.
“The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment: “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:15-16
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword... it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
Christians are to offer GRACE and MERCY to others.
 “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.” Galatians 6:1
 “Blessed are the merciful,for they will be shown mercy.” Matthew 5:7