Judgement and Judging: Let’s talk about this:
In the bible, there are many references to Judging, and Judgement.
In Every day life, the word means to be able to come to a sensible conclusion about a matter. (Webster’s Dictionary)
We are all subject to Jury duty, where we would have to hear both sides and come to a ‘conclusion” as to whether someone is innocent or guilty of a crime. Every day of our lives, we make “judgement calls.”
I had to make them while raising my kids. “No you cannot spend time with someone who (does this or that). I was not Judging them as in “pronouncing a sentence” or even saying if they MEANT to be the way they are!
God says not to hang out with hot-tempered people, he said not to be “unequally yoked” with unbelievers. He said not to listen to fools who do not fear God. Sound Judgemental?
To follow him means we HAVE TO Make some judgment calls as to what we will follow or not follow, or what we wil join ourselves with! It’s inescapable, if you want to follow Jesus.
I can remember refusing to go into a house where drugs were being celebrated and used (long ago) and being told i was Judgemental. So let’s get this straight………………….
The kind of Judging God hates is when you point out a stick in someone’s eye and you have a beam in your own! He hates the kind of Judgement where we limit who he can reach, or we fail to make what he calls “a righteous Judgement.”
Anytime we have a righteous standard based on God’s word and our conviction to follow and implement it, there are people who are going to “feel judged” but that is different from “being judged” and having a sentence imposed on us a result.
That kind of Judgement is for God alone to carry out. He said it is appointed for every man to die and then “the Judgement”
God will Judge us and does make Judgement calls all the time concerning US. He can decide if we get mercy or we are accountable. The church is supposed to judge whether a matter is right or wrong. For example, even a prophetic word given, the others are to hold that person accountable…..
1 Corinthians and especially Chapter 5 talks about all this.
“Father, Help us undertand what you mean in your word when you say “Judge not.” But then tell us the least of us can judge a matter.” Give us understanding Father, so we may learn your ways…in Jesus’ name, amen