Thursday, February 6, 2014

Judge? Yes. But don't be Judgmental

Whenever Christians express disapproval of something the Bible calls a sin, they will be reprimanded with the favorite words of those who are otherwise ignorant of the Bible: “Judge not” (Matt. 7:1).

According to Jesus, it is not judging, but judgmentalism that is wrong. Opposed to a judgmentalism stemming from a sense of moral superiority, Jesus said, “First remove the beam from your own eye; then you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” In other words, don’t be hypocritical; judge yourself first. 

Judgmentalism is wrong, but moral judgments are not (the Bible is replete with them). For Biblically-centered believers, explaining what the Bible calls 'sin' is part of the job description, especially given the degree of biblical illiteracy and moral ambiguity in our secular culture.  So the next time you are accused of violating the “judge not” rule, turn it into a teaching moment, explaining the difference. But, don't forget to speak the truth in love (Eph. 4:15).

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