A kind friend responded to my post regarding homosexuality (see Certain People will Not Go to Heaven). My friend suggested that we ought not to judge other people. The idea that Jesus does not want us to judge comes out of a very selective reading of Jesus words and actions. Yes, he said, “Judge not that you be not judged”. He also spoke of getting the log out of our own eye before we try to help our brother get the spec out of his eye.
But these are not all the words Jesus spoke. He also said:
“Judge with righteous judgment…”
It is clear that Jesus spoke judgmental words:
“Woe to you, blind guides…Fools and blind!…”
(Jesus sets Himself forth as our example to follow (more on following Jesus’ example: John 13:14-17)). Where can judgment be seen in these verses? “Blind guides” – surely this is a judgment. These people He was talking to did not have the ability to see what they should have been able to see. Like those described in Romans 1:18-32, they had chosen to NOT hear God and became darkened in their minds. Jesus holds them accountable for their blindness. “Fools” – surely this is a judgmental word. We could go on. The point is that Jesus did not endorse all modes of thinking and all modes of living. At least some of those who say to us, “Jesus said, ‘Do not judge’”, wish us to think that Jesus endorses all lifestyles, or at least that He does not condemn any. But if we receive all the words of Jesus, and take Him for the Savior and Lord, the Bible shows him to be, we find neither He, nor His followers refrained from judging: Peter called his generation a “perverse generation”.
An immoral man in the Corinthian church was sleeping with his father’s wife (1 Corinthians 5; 2 Corinthians 7), Paul wrote to them saying,
“For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already JUDGED (as though I were present) him who has so done this deed.”
(1 Corinthians 5:3).
Judgment in is inescapable. If you are now saying, “Eugene has written a “good” blog post, or if you say, “This blog post stinks!” – You are judging. To continue as a rational human being, you must judge. We constantly and continually judge throughout the day. We can hardly express a thought or opinion without judging something/someone. The important thing is that we have the right measuring device in front of us when we judge. Jesus said there is a measuring divice that will not pass away, and which He fully endorses and which we must take up as our standard and guide for all of life, both personal and social (Matthew 5:17-19).