By Patrick Hawthorne
It is common practice for me, before writing a blog, to ask the Holy Spirit what He would like me to write about. When I do this, I can be assured that He will guide the right eyes to my post at the right time. I believe such is the case with this post. For about a week I have felt the unction to write concerning the hot topic of judging others based off of Matthew 7:1. I must confess. This is not a topic I relish because no matter what I write there will be disagreement.
“Judge not, so that you will not be judged.” As a Christian, I have heard this numerous times from those whose lifestyle is on a path contrary to mine. The main argument, for the most part, stems not from direct confrontation but from a belief system which I adhere to based on Biblical principles. For instance, I disagree with the homosexual lifestyle because the Word of God says it is a sin. But, is my disagreement judgment?
To judge, as with Matthew 7:1 means, “To separate or to pick out.” A simple way of explaining this without changing the meaning is to write, “Don’t pick and choose the sins of one while ignoring your own sins.” Judgment of others is to say, “I choose to call you out on your sins which I consider to be worse than mine.” Sin is sin. No one sin is better or worse than another. The sin of homosexuality is no greater or less than the sin of lying or cheating. Again, sin is sin.
Does this mean we are never to judge sin? Absolutely not! We are to judge sin according to the Word of God. This is called righteous judgment. In dealing with a crowd who accused (judged) Jesus of being possessed with a demon, Jesus said, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” (John 7:24). It is only when we step across the line and begin to judge the person that we have stepped into God’s territory.
Many Christian’s miss the mark because the tendency is to judge the person rather than the action. If Jesus did not come to this earth to condemn but to save, what right do we have to pass sentence on another? We don’t!
But, what happens when the person or group of people do not consider their actions to be sin? What does the Word say? Disagreement with the Word does not nullify it; it is still the truth. Your part is to simply do as Jesus did. Love them all. Be blessed.