What Judge Not Doesn’t Mean

Ok. Let’s get this thing about “judgement” cleared up. When someone does something wrong and you tell them it’s wrong, that’s not judgement. When you preach holiness and tell people to stop committing sin, that’s not judgement.

Many people misinterpret Jesus’ statement on judgement. When Jesus said, “Judge
not, that ye be not judged” (Matthew 7:1), He was not saying that “You don’t have the right to tell me I’m wrong when I transgress“. This is basically what most people have interpreted “judge not” statement to mean, and that’s unfortunate. Jesus in John 7:24 said, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgement“. And people overlook this statement.

Most of us Christians who speak against sin are tagged as “judges” or intolerant. Opposing sin is not judgement. And let me remind us that John the Baptist spoke against the sin of adultery that Herod committed with Herodias (Mark 6:18-19). Based on the interpretation of these people who accuse us of judging, it would mean that John the Baptist judged Herod for speaking against his sexual sin. But this wasn’t the case.

If judgement in the context that Jesus used it meant that we shouldn’t correct people when they are wrong, why then would Jesus tell us this in a latter chapter: “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother“, (Matthew 18:15).

Many people hide behind “judge not” to commit sin. And they hide behind this statement to tell us not to say anything when something bad or wrong is being done or perpetuated.

Now, let me say this: we will continue to stand for truth and speak against wrongs that are being normalised in society. It is my Christian duty (Ephesians 4:15). And that means that I’ll never see legalisation of homosexuality or homosexual lifestyle as right. And that means that I will continue to speak against sexual sins, etc. The fact that we speak against these things doesn’t mean that we don’t have the “love of God”, which is another term that most people misuse.

Final judgement is from God and that’s what we should be worried about instead of labelling people as “judges” for speaking against wrongs.

Have a blessed day.

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