Judging

There are many people out there in this world whose favorite Bible passage is Matthew 7:1 “Judge not, that ye be not judged”. They take this passage to mean that we may never pass judgment on anyone or anything, especially if it deviates from what we consider normal. Therefore, we must accept the homosexual or transgendered person, the woman who chooses to abort the baby in her womb, and so on. Not judging anything at all is impossible both in our physical and spiritual lives. For instance, when we are at the end of the driveway in our cars and on our bikes and wish to make a left-hand turn into traffic, we wait for a break and go when we believe it is safe to pull out. When we cook our food, we want to make sure that it is prepared properly so that we can avoid food poisoning as much as possible. We also judge when we pick out our clothes for the next day, based on our activities or what the weather will be like. All of these things,although we don’t think of them as such, are judgments. They are informed decisions based on the best assessment we have of the information available to us. The same is true spiritually. How are we to react to the gay and transgender community? How are we to react to false religions such as Islam and Buddhism? For judgments regarding these things we look to the Scriptures. God says this regarding gays and those like them “male and female created He them” (Genesis 1:27). God created us to be a specific gender and to be attracted to those of the opposite sex. Romans 1:27 talks about the “natural use of the woman”. God says this regarding false religions: “For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens” (Psalm 96:5). Furthermore, Matthew 7 goes on to say this: “For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” What is being spoken of here is┬áthose who hypocritically judge others for committing the very same sins that they themselves are guilty of. For instance, there may be a man who constantly uses foul language and takes God’s name in vain constantly during the process. This same man hears someone else swearing and takes them to task for it. Or there is a man who embezzles $10 million from his company every month with no guilty conscience whatsoever. Nevertheless, he condemns another person who is doing the exact same thing. We see this mentality every day with those who advocate tolerance. If we don’t adopt their point of view on abortion, homosexuality, or women’s rights, we’re “biased”, “sexist”, and “unloving”. While part of this is human nature, it is also true that they are very inconsistent as regards their own teachings on the subject. We as Christians are called to judge things that are contrary to God’s law as being sinful. Not in a hypocritical fashion, but as those who are saved by God, who, although we sin every day, are nevertheless confident that God Himself agrees with what our assessment of their worldview is. When we judge properly, God will bless us and give us the grace and strength we need everyday to live in this world unto Him.

Kevin Rau