Lefties are big on throwing, “Judge not” at Christians in a way that really means, “Shut the hell up.” I’m just guessing here, but I kinda doubt any of them could actually locate this line in the Bible (it’s Matt 7:1) and I’m for fair certain none of them know or care what ELSE Jesus said about judging … for example in the very next verse. Here’s a list of parallel translations for Matthew 7:2, just so we can be sure we’re grasping Jesus’ teaching correctly:
- For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you. [NABRE]
- For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. [NIV]
- For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. [NLT]
- For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. [KJB]
What’s it mean? Suppose you’re at your judgment and God brings up all those times you were Little Miss Tell All and you say, “I’m sorry I was a gossip, Lord.” But see … back when your friend apologized for blabbing your secrets, you told her to go to hell. Jesus is saying that God will apply to your apology the standard you applied to hers. OUCH.*
Right after, Jesus added this gem (Matthew 7:3-5):
Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’ while the wooden beam is in your eye? You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye. [NABRE]
Speaking of hypocrites … remember back when Barack wagged his finger at us and said we Christians should pay more attention to the Sermon on the Mount? ICYMI, Matthew 7 is part of the Sermon on the Mount. Just sayin’.
Jesus also said specifically that we are supposed to judge … not that Lefties know or quote that one. It’s John 7:24.
- Stop judging by appearances, but judge justly. [NABRE]
- Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly. [NIV]
- Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly. [NLT]
- Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. [KJB]
His words here are based on God’s law as given to Moses:
Leviticus 19:15 – You shall not act dishonestly in rendering judgment. Show neither partiality to the weak nor deference to the mighty, but judge your neighbor justly. [NABRE]
Got all this? Jesus never said we were not to judge at all.
He never wanted for us to be so “tolerant” that we can’t recognize sin for what it is.
He said we must each be very careful to …
… use God’s true standards in our judgments and
… judge ourselves more rigorously than we judge others.
Why did Jesus tell us these were important?
BECAUSE God will judge us all and God hates hypocrites.
*Note: Forgiving another person is not the same as trusting that person again. You can forgive a blabbermouth for breaking your confidence AND choose not to trust her with your secrets ever again.