People misconstrue things about the Bible a lot. It’s just bound to happen. Someone, somewhere, is going to misconstrue something about the Bible.
Well, the pastor at a church that my family used to go to did a whole series about things that people misconstrue about the Bible. I don’t remember much of it, but there was this one sermon that stood out to me. He did this sermon years ago, but some of the points he made have stuck with me until now.
And I’d like to share with you what I have learned.
Judging. It’s a hard topic, I have to say. People can get so offended when judging is brought up. I will even feel offended just at hearing it.
It’s like I’ve become so accustomed to being offended with what people have done with “judging”, that I automatically feel offended before the person starts to talk about it.
And that makes it a struggle. No one wants to talk about it because it is all too offensive.
We’ve come to the point where we’ll say, “Don’t judge me and I won’t judge you.”. We don’t want to be offended and we don’t want to offend others.
But is that Biblical?
I’m not so sure.
Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.
This is one of the main passages of Scripture that is used to say that we shouldn’t judge.
But if you look at the text, you’ll see that that is not at all what God meant. He said, “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.” There’s a big difference between that and just “Do not judge.”
God’s saying that if we’re going to judge, we must be prepared to be judged by the same standard that we judge.
That is not saying that you can not judge. It is saying that you can not judge without being judged yourself. It is saying that don’t judge unless you want to be judged.
Now, I’m not saying that you should judge people. Because many times when people go about judging others. It’s comes off as offensive. It’s makes the people we judge feel like we think ourselves perfect.
And that is not the impression that we give people. That is not how we should be towards people. I believe that we must first earn the right to be heard. We have to earn the right to judge. That means that we just can’t just go up to people and judge them. We must earn the right, which will take time, sometimes lots of time.
But once that time has come, we can judge and it would be appropriate. We must remember that judging is for the purpose of bringing people closer to God. It’s to show people their faults so that they can correct them.
We are supposed to show Christ’s love and we can do that even through judging.