I’ve lost count over the past few years of those people who have called me judgemental because I dared to share an opinion that contradicted what appeared to be socially acceptable or was sensitive to stereotypical thinking. What I believe was behind they’re remarks was fear that I might actually have an opinion about them. On more than one occasion someone will always quote Mathew 7:1 Judge not and you will not be judged.
The above quotation is generally cited out of context with the point they are trying to make. If that’s all it meant then the rest of the passage would make no sense at all. verses 1-5 in Matthew 7 state that in order to judge, first judge yourself and then judge the situation or whatever else needs judgement. I don’t have a big enough word count to go into this thoroughly but Jesus did not make a blanket statement against judgement he simply pointed out the rules for doing so. In fact God expects us to judge and I believe we are sinning against God if we do not. We are a nation who is not at peace because we have allowed laws and decrees to be placed that keep God from having judgement over our nation.
The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace. That is why justice is far from us, and righteousness doesn’t reach us. We hope for light, but we walk in darkness. We hope for brightness, but we walk in gloom.
If judging is wrong, there are many scriptures that would suggest that God is a hypocrite and not someone to be trusted. Sometimes people judge someone or a situation and they have no business doing so. Many times I have seen people take on other people’s hurts and problems and no matter how well you know someone you never know the whole story. People start to judge a situation without knowing all the facts.
The rules I mentioned earlier are; Judge scripturally, Isaiah 8:20 is very clear judge according to the word of God not our feelings or insecurities but the word. Another rule is; if God’s word is silent about something so should you be. I don’t want to continue for too much longer but I shall just highlight the rest of what I feel God’s rules around judgement are; Pray for good judgement ability, don’t be swayed by people treat all parties fairly, judge in truth, judge mercifully and the most important point don’t forget to judge yourself.
I pray that the church in this country can come to learn how to access and deliver righteous judgement I pray that the corridors of power in this country will know and experience the gift of divine judgement and learn to use it well.