March 2

Written by Bill Grandi on March 2nd, 2023

One of the phrases we often hear today is, “Don’t judge.” Someone commits a blatant sin…don’t judge. Someone’s lifestyle is contrary to the Biblical mandate…don’t judge. You don’t like the way I live…don’t judge. To make matters sketchier, the person saying that will go to the passage in Matthew 7 where Jesus says, “Do not judge, or you to will be judged. For in the way you judge others, you will be judged…”

That sure seem like a biblical warning doesn’t it? Several thoughts flow through my mind as I think about this:

First, it goes both ways. In our world today, those who want tolerance, i.e. not to be judged, often become the most intolerant, i.e. most judgmental. “Don’t judge me or my lifestyle or I’m going to cancel you.” Who is being judgmental then?

Second, and even more important, this passage was NOT saying to refuse to examine a person’s actions in order to hold them accountable.The context shows Jesus ripping on the Pharisees for their incessant self-righteous judgment while building themselves up to look better than everyone else.

We really do need to be careful when judging others. I have been guilty of doing so before I know the whole story.  There are two sides to every story. Looks can be deceiving. There is also one huge factor: only God is qualified to judge.

Pointing the finger of blame at someone else, especially with a self-righteous, condemning attitude is dangerous. Case in point: have you ever seen someone carrying a protest sign with “I am the problem” on it with an arrow pointing downward? Nope. Didn’t think so. Pointing the finger at others takes the heat off us…at least temporarily.

The Scripture is correct: “Don’t judge.” Discernment is essential. Self-righteousness is not.


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. gail says:

    My boss has a saying that I think also apply’s here: its called setting the table. If we want to further God’s kingdom and bring non christians in, we must first be able to listen, show love, respect, and speak with truth and love. We do not represent God’s kingdom by attacking verbally how much you disagree with someone. It will take inviting them several times to your table to show them love and truth in the same way Jesus did. You will not change someone’s mind in the first meeting but that first meeting is the most important to whether or not they will be willing to sit at your table and discuss topics with you. We have to remember who God is, and how we present Him to others should only bring glory to His name.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      That is a great comment Gail. And I like your “take” on it when it comes to sharing our faith. Thanks so much for these words of wisdom.

  2. As sinners, we shouldn’t judge others, but we shouldn’t be afraid to assess and be discerning.
    Blessings, Bill!

  3. As Christians we are constantly accused of judging others, but, in fact, by lumping all of us together, our accusers are just as guilty of judging! We can love others and still feel they are wrong about certain things. Just ask any parent! LOL!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I agree Pam. And that is my point about those who want tolerance becoming intolerant.