Don’t Judge me!!

Posted: January 25, 2013 in Me and people, Politics, The Bible

Have you ever been told “Do not judge, and you will not be judged!” just as you had said something a little bit strong, confrontational or controversial to someone else? Maybe you have been on the opposite side of this equation and you have used it as well as a the perfect Biblical defense.

This (Luke 6:37)  is probably the one Bible verse that most people know –Christians and not Christians (well maybe the second after John 3:16…  or third after Psalm 23:1,   .. anyhow, it is definitely many people’s favorite because… well, what better to quote Jesus in saying “leave me alone!” . This is an apparent great defense when we are being ‘attacked’ or confronted with some shortcoming.

But, is this what Jesus meant? Is this what the Bible says? “Don’t judge anyone!, anytime!, anywhere!” I would like to suggest that… not exactly. Please feel free to disagree and let me know where you think I am going wrong.

Upon looking at all the references in their various forms, in the original language, for the word that in English is translated ‘judge’ –and their contexts, I draw the following conclusions:

  1. It is It is acceptable to ‘judge’, as in considering, determining or discerning information/evidence and making a decision (see Luke 7:41-43; Luke 12:56-57; Acts 4:19-20)
  2. It is acceptable to look and discern a person’s fruit/actions and make conclusions (see Matthew 7:15-16; Matthew 18:15; 1 Corinthians 5:1-4)
  3. It is It is acceptable to ‘judge’ others only in the same way you would like to be judged. (see Luke 6:37; full context starting on Luke 6:27)
  4. It is acceptable –maybe even commanded, to look and discern fruit/actions only from among believers (starting with ourselves) and, not only make conclusions, but also take actions -such as lovely restoration (see 1 Corinthians 5:9-12; 1 Corinthians 6:1-6;  Galatians 6:1-4)
  5. It is NOT ok to judge someone if you are actually doing the same thing (see Rom 2:1)
  6. It is NOT ok to judge others on matters that are of preference or interpretation, and/or not clear Biblical commands (see Romans 14:1-4 and John 7:23-24)
  7. It is NOT ok to judge, lie, murmur or condemn someone behind his/her back (see James 4:11-12)
  8. Only God knows motives. We can make conclusions based on evidence -and when required, make decisions based on our conclusions. However, God and He alone can, and will judge –as in determining and condemning on heart attitudes, beliefs, motives and things we cannot see (see 1 Corinthians 4:2-5)

Dont agree? don’t judge me!, just tell us why.

  1. Darrell Pruitt says:

    Good stuff Luis.. on point #2 I often hear this from believers who’ve made a value judgment on another individual’s salvation (or lack thereof). My concern is that passage is talking about how to judge false teachers, not individuals. Keep up the good work my brother!

  2. Darrell Pruitt says:

    and of course in the MATTHEW 7 passage the few verses after the ones you listed are also used – out of context in my opinion – by believers to judge those they consider to be unbelievers.

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  4. Floyd Cooper says:

    I would add to item #4. It is silly to expect non-believers to have the same value system we believers do. We should love them as Jesus commanded. In that vein, we put a lot of effort into social issues trying to get non-believers to just act like we want them to. That energy may be better spent evangelizing. Not that we should ignore those issues, though. Just my two cents.

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