“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” ~Matthew 1:1-5
In today’s society, these are the most misused words by both Christians and non-Christians.
Whenever people get upset, out comes this trump card. “Jesus said, don’t judge me!”
What is the danger in this?
1. It shuts down discussion. The person is basically saying “Be quiet. I’m going to continue doing this whether it’s right or wrong.”
2. It’s misusing the words of Jesus. If the entire passage is read, we see that Jesus is talking about hypocritical judging.
3. It promotes the incorrect teaching of Christian tolerance for all things. If we study the Gospels, we see that Jesus is intolerant of sin. And He is our perfect example.
If we are not intolerant of sin, evil triumphs. For too long Christians have allowed their voices to be silenced. We are to be the light of the world.
Do you have both the courage to listen and speak?
“The propitious smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregard the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained." ~First Inaugural address 1789 ~ George Washington
Speak up and let your light shine!