Saturday, March 31, 2007

"Don't judge"

Someone has called Matthew 7:1 “America’s verse”: “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” In popular talk, “Don’t judge” is an excuse to do whatever we please, with a vague sense of divine approval. By that standard, if we want to do something we know is wrong, all we have to do is trot out the old “Jesus said, ‘Don’t judge’” line. Works great.

But let’s be clear. You better believe God does judge. Some actions and attitudes are right, and others are wrong. And God not only judges, he assigns blessings and curses based on what he decides. But only he decides. So yes, let’s not pretend to judge another soul’s eternal standing. But God has made a point of showing us what actions and attitudes are right and which are wrong. He’s even shown us where judgment ends. So doesn’t it make sense for us to learn the judge’s thoughts on the matter?

(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley

2 comments:

Brian Littlefield said...

That collection of words (it's often nothing more than a parroted phrase that someone remembered from a childhood Bible class or other lesson) is often used as license to do whatever the invoker desires.
Actually, in I Cor 5:12, Paul says we are to judge those within the church and take action against them (expulsion of an immoral brother). In Matt 18, Jesus told us to confront those who sin against us, not just once or privately, but openly (sorta) until they repent or basically cut them off from our fellowship.
And these things are included for good reason: to protect ourselves from getting polluted by the world.

So, those who try to fend off judgement using psuedo-Biblical phrases are just using "relative truth" to justify themselves.

Milton Stanley said...

You're right, Brian. Thanks for the comments.