"Don't Judge Me!!"

{per request of my sister, Bek}
Have you ever saw someone on the street and started making fun of him? Either by his height, his weight, or his face? Or have you ever met someone you didn't like, so you started condemning or belittling him? Both of these are a form of judging. Judging- an act we, as Christians, shouldn't do, unless it's done right.
In Matthew 7:1-5 {KJV} it says:
"Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in the brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to they brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye."
In this passage, it's talking about the condemning judgment. The first verse tells us that if you judge, it'll come back to you, kinda like a boomerang. Once you judge someone, it'll return to you, either by that person or by someone else. The rest of the passage goes on to talk about how we are in no position to take care of the faults in someone else's life. The well-known story of the Pharisee and the Publican holds a very clear representation of pridefulness and humility, but have you looked at it with a different mindset? It's also a great story on judging. The Pharisee, thinking himself way better than the Publican, condemned the Publican while he was "praying".. thinking himself way better than the Publican. Whereas, the humble Publican knew his faults and took care of them, not worrying about the Pharisee's faults. We are in no position to look at someone else's life and start "fixing" them when we have piles of faults and sins in our life that we need to take care of.. it is hypocrisy if we condemn someone else and exalt our own selves. The Bible also tells us that every man is accountable for his own self... that means, the person you're judging is accountable for his own faults, sins, and his own life and you are accountable for your own life...
However, there IS a time to judge.. in Leviticus 19:15 it says:
"Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour."
Now, I'm really looking at the end of the verse... "but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour." What does it mean? Well... to me, it's saying we should judge people righteously. Judge them according to God's Word. Test their standards and beliefs against God's Word. We can't go through life without judging someone... we do need to! You need to judge someone to see if they might be a good spiritual leader(pastor, missionary, etc), a good friend, or a good soulmate, or anyone special in your life. We do need to take what they believe and test them righteously to see what God has to say about them. This leads me to the next point...
In John 7:24 it tells us:
"Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment."
There's the righteous judgment again! Now that we know what that means, we can look at the rest of the verse. We Christians shouldn't take one look at someone and decide to not talk to them or get to know them just by looking at them... grant it, not alot of people give us much to look at or go on. Alot of "Christians" don't dress or act like Christians, but we still shouldn't judge by appearance. Imagine a homeless person. You see him on the street, begging for money. You think "ooohh, I bet he gave his life up for alcohol or drugs" Right. Have you even talked to the person? He may have been an amazing Christian who went through great persecution. Of course, you don't know that because you  never asked him his story. We should never push away people just by what they look like.
Judging is not something we Christians should do. Instead, we need to be like Christ and love everyone for who they are! Only God knows what's on the inside... try to push away what they look like on the outside and see what's really there... and maybe, just maybe, after you get to know the person, he/she might come to know God and start looking like a Christian! And always remember to judge a person righteously... take his life to God's Word and match everything up.. see what God has to say about him. If he drinks and you don't think you should be near him, read what God says about drinking. Same thing for smoking, homosexuality (yes, God condemns that!), and many many other bad habits out there... take it to the Word and to God and see what He says!


Bekah said...

Awesome speech! Thanks :) (btw I think you shoulda gotten 100 on it!)

Sharon said...

Def good!! Unfortunately people say that all the time to get people off their back if they are doing something that isn't right... there's got to be a balance, like you said!

Brooke Hamelund said...

thanks, ladies (:
Bek, yeah, i didn't meet the time requirement and i had some verbal clutter lol.
Sharon, tis very true! and thanks (: