I’ve been hearing a lot about non-judgement coming from believers these days, so I figured I’d throw a monkey wrench at it all. 😉
In Matthew 7 and in Luke 6 Jesus says, “do not judge lest you be judged. By the measure that you judge you shall be judged.” This here is where I see people getting the idea of non-judgement. BUT, Jesus goes beyond the, “do not judge, lest you be judged.”
He then says to remove the log from your own eye before you try to remove the speck from your brothers eye. The thing that has obstructed your sight, remove that thing so that you could then remove the speck from others. Is he really saying don’t judge, or is he saying do not judge with an obscured vision… In Matthew He goes on to say, “do not throw your pearls before swine…” Is it possible that the judgment of the clear-sighted are pearls, only to be given to the ones ready to receive them? (There are many proverbs in the book of Proverbs with similar ideas)
Let’s go to John. In John 7 Jesus is getting harassed by the religious folk for healing someone on Sabbath. He responds by pointing out their hypocrisy and ends by saying, “do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgement.” Here He doesn’t say do not judge, but rather judge with righteous judgement! I’ll leave that door open for you to explore… There is one more place I want to go and that’s with our good friend Paul.
In 1 Corinthians Paul here’s about a person in the Corinthian church who is sleeping with his father’s wife. Does he refrain from judging them? No. He says this,
“3 For I, on my part, though absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged him who has so committed this, as though I were present. 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled, and I with you in spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5 I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” (1 Corinthians 5:3-5)
We see similar statements in some of his other epistles. It begs the question, was Paul in the wrong, or was he judging with righteous judgement.
I see a lot of tolerance these days in the name of “non-judgement” yet Jesus was very intolerable about certain things. We even see this through Holy Spirit after Jesus’ ascension (Ananias and Sapphira). I just want to encourage us to reconsider this idea of non-judgement… What if righteous judgement isn’t against people but for the people. What if we have to change the way we see things. Just some thoughts to explore with your Father.
I’ll end there. Toodles!