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Should We Judge or Not Judge?
That is a huge question in our world today, even in our Christian communities. Am I allowed to judge? Should I make judgments? Is it right for me to do so? Jason Malec said, “Faith in God will – by definition– grate against a morally ambiguous culture.”
To judge means to separate, pick out, and to pronounce an opinion concerning right or wrong. We make judgments every day, all day. When people say, “Who are you to judge me?” what they are really saying is, “don’t tell me that my morality is wrong.” When you tell someone that you agree with them, you don’t hear them say, “Who are you to judge me?” In reality, you are making as much of a judgment there, as you are if you disagree. People today don’t want, or are becoming unwilling, to be told that they are wrong. The Bible says, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged… For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:37-45, NIV). If you read it in context, it is telling us to not be hypocritical. In other words, if you are drinking alcohol and trying to tell someone else it is wrong, don’t do it. However, to be able to tell someone that they are wrong in the way that they are living (lifestyle, for example) really is right. We should not do this in a mean way. If we don’t uphold the standard of God’s Word and let people know the standard that God put forth on how we are to live, who will? As Christians, we are to let people know what God’s Word teaches on every area of our lives. That, in and of itself, will cause people to either embrace it, or reject it by saying, “Who are you to judge me?” Either way, we are obligated to teach God’s Word to everyone.
Just a Thought,
Published on Monday, February 16, 2015 @ 6:13 AM MDT
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