To judge or not to judge? That is the question. A common notion in society today is that Christians go around judging them, but some Christians defend their ‘actions’ by saying that they aren’t judging someone. Other times, professing Christians are afraid to say anything because they might get attacked for ‘judging’ the person/people.
What does the word of God say about ‘judging’ people?
Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:1-5 (NKJV)
Pastor Michiels at The Door Christian Center in Kearny Mesa touched on this alittle bit in Sunday morning’s service. He said:
‘As Christians we are called to ‘judge’ the sin not the people. God judges the people. We must bring a warning.’
This means as Christians we are to judge the sin in people. Doing this entails warning people of the consequences of doing such things, saying such things, etc. It isn’t saying ‘You’re going to hell.’ It’s a matter of saying ‘Hey, if you keep doing this you can end up in hell.’ We can’t condemn someone to hell, as we would be if we said the first statement. But the second statement is bringing a warning.
So this raises the question of bringing the warning; is that judging? No. The laws of society serve as a warning to us, because violating them would bring about a consequence. We are then set to appear in court in front of a judge, who in turn will ‘judge’ us or in other terms sentence us. The laws of God are no different.
Police officers serve as officials put over the task of enforcing the laws, thus providing a personal warning system. Is it their job to judge? Nope, it is their job to warn and enforce. As Christians, we are also police officers of Christ in a sense as we are called to serve a warning to the people of this world of the impending judgment to come.
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Also, please check out the other parts in the Man vs God series
Part1: The Economy and God
Part 2: The Invitation
Part 3: Divorce and God
Part 5: Good vs evil