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Friday, April 11, 2014

Think About It


Judging others seems to be a pastime that many indulge themselves in today. They are quick at finding fault in others and are quick to point it out. I’m not sure if the ability to judge others causes the person doing the judgment to feel better about himself or herself or more superior, or if it’s that they just don’t know any better.

It is safe to say that there are different types of judgment. There is the judgment that is judicial in nature in that it passes a sentence. It is a judgment that is rendered down by a judge and with it, penalties. This judgment typically carries with it a cost to the one who is judged and it is a judgment that establishes fact. There is also judgment that is functional in nature. Judging an action and declaring it to be foolish is an example of this. However, if one were to determine that the one doing the act was a fool, then this would be an example of passing judgment, or declaring a fact.

The Scriptures tell us to not judge or more literally, don’t condemn or you will be condemned, (Matthew 7:1). The key word is condemnation, (passing a sentence or a statement of fact). In other words, it isn’t telling us not to use wisdom and to judge between right and wrong, or healthy and unhealthy, but rather to not pass a judgment or condemnation. Unfortunately we often include the individual with the act and condemn both.

For many, they need to keep their opinions to themselves because they actually do the one thing that we’re told not to do. When you condemn others you are actually condemning yourself. With each finger you’re pointing towards others, there are three pointing back at yourself. For those that misinterpret words that address a behavior and does not relate to the individual, get over it and hear what’s being said. For example, confronting someone about their alcohol and/or drug use is about a behavior, the judge, should they end up in court, will pass the judgment and condemn them to jail and/or treatment. Bottom line, both types of judgment are valuable to society, you just need to know which one to use. Think about it.


Anonymous said...

Judging people for being judgmental that's funny. Condemning people for condemning people. Hypocritical much?

Anonymous said...

the older I get the more I see, oh what a sinner am I. All my life I tried and thought I was doing fairly well only to grow older and realize how sinful I really have been. Am I the only one?

Anonymous said...


I see so slowly how easy it is to slip away under the idea that you are making "everyone" happy.

Please-teach through scripture and not around it.

We are called to judge. Condemning and judging are two different things.

Judging with a righteous judgment is allowed and encouraged. It directly relates with discernment.

However-in today's society it's made to be a bad word. It's not-please, please... Don't let go of the Word.

Anonymous said...

6:46's logic means that if I advise a person not to lie-then I'm a liar. If I let a person know that stealing is wrong-then I'm a thief.

It has to be so draining to do whatever you can to condemn a faith EVEN at the expense of your own common sense and logic.

That's a shame.

What's that verse about foolishnes.....