verb (used with object), judged, judging.
- to pass legal judgement on; pass sentence on (a person)
- to hear evidence or legal arguments in (a case) in order to pass judgement
- to form a judgment or opinion of; decide upon critically
- to decide or settle authoritatively
"Judge not so that you not be judged. For with the judgement you pronounce, you also will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?"
- Matthew 7:1-3
Church denominations are constantly at each other's throat. People always say how they feel the church 'judges' them. And out of the 2,590,316 Facebook discussions I've seen between Christians, only 2 of them were decent and civil and mature.
Okay, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration. But maybe not.
My point is, I'm tired of the constant negativity that I see in and between church members. And also, I hear so much from unbelievers that professing Christians are always so judgmental of/towards them.
And it's really starting to tick me off.
And it's really starting to tick me off.
The church should be the safest place to discuss anything. Christians should be the safest people to talk to about things. We should be setting an example to, not only unbelievers, but fellow Christian siblings.
As believers, we are called to confront fellow believers – and if they are in the wrong, they should desire and accept our admonishment because we're doing it out of a loving and caring brotherly love. That is biblical. Otherwise, I don’t know what you’re doing.An unbeliever, on the other hand, is not someone we should confront in the same manner that we do a sibling in Christ.
I was accused recently of ‘not admonishing’ others as I ‘should’. And this was in reference to non-Christians. No, I should not be timid to share the truth with an unbeliever, but we're not called to force Christianity down people's throats either. What kind of an example is that? If someone says they feel like they’re being judged, maybe you should reexamine HOW you’re presenting your case to them. And yes, I know Jesus didn’t beat around the bush. There are plenty of strong verses in the Bible ('brood of vipers', 'hypocrites', etc.) But are you Jesus? No? Then shut up.
Jesus was the perfect God-man. He judged according to God's standards - followers of Him and unbelievers alike. But we are not Him. We can only pass judgement on our siblings because we and they both know God's Word. Unbelievers don't. They need to know the truth, yes, and be told the error of their ways, that they are sinning against a holy and righteous God (and heck, even make them uncomfortable!) but we are God’s messengers to spread the Gospel and His Word, not to 'judge' them.
We are called to love others, even as Christ loved the ones who hated Him. So often I think Christians are all about telling people what's right and what's wrong, what God says is good and bad, and I believe that as His children, we should. But tactfully, gently, and graciously. Tell them the truth out of love for their souls because you know the truth and reality of heaven and hell.
You wouldn't like it if an atheist came up to you and started telling you all the reasons they thought you were wrong, would you? See, to them that's what Christians do when they come and try to totally wreck what was once their solid, peaceful little world.
This post isn't about right or wrong. It's about MY view on what I believe is right or wrong, speaking from what I understand biblically. I want non-Christians to be able to look at me and say, 'She is a Christian. A very strong Christian. She knows what she believes and she'll be honest with people about it, but I feel like I can approach her about what I think and believe because I know we can have a calm discussion about our differences, and be able to present our views without biting each other's throats.'
Get a grip, professing Christians. Is the example you're setting when presenting your views and standards, Christ-like and gracious? Or are you just being a hypocrite and priding yourself on knowing what you think is the Gospel?