“Don’t judge me!”
We all have heard or used this phrase at some point. It has become highly used in media and our society. People use it as something to get others off their back when they don’t want to receive any flack for what they’re doing. To be honest, I get that. But this phrase is something that lukewarm Christians love to use, and cling to. They use it as a get out of jail free card… Do they really understand what they’re saying?
The word “judgement,” according to Webster’s online dictionary, means “to form an opinion.” As humans, we constantly are making judgments. We judge whether or not it is safe to cross a street, befriend an individual, or if we can eat something.
As believers, we are called to make judgments regarding teaching, and even other people. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 says we are to “examine everything carefully; and hold fast to that which is good.” We NEED to be careful about what teaching we are taking in. We need to judge and discern whether or not the teaching is sound.
Matthew 7:15-20 talks about how we need to judge people by their fruits. If someone is a toxic person, we need to be extremely wise. We need to watch our interactions with them and be careful.
The word condemn means “to declare to be reprehensible, wrong, or evil usually after weighing evidence and without reservation.”
I personally think people actually mean “condemn” when they use the word “judge.” Most everyone judges each other and their surroundings, whether they’re aware of it or not. Some people condemn each other, which is blatantly wrong.
Romans 2 talks about this very subject. Verse 1 says that when we judge (or condemn) another, we bring judgement upon ourselves.
Think about this for a minute…. When we condemn other people, we bring the judgement of God upon ourselves.
We’re all human. We have no place to condemn each other. We’re all equal individuals under God. Verse 11 of Romans 2 says that there is no partiality with God. That is something to rejoice in.
Before I end this post, I’d like to go back to the idea of the lukewarm believers who use the “Don’t judge me, only God can!” card for a minute. This is a tricky issue that typically church leadership or people IN church leadership deal with. Sometimes believers fall into sin patterns and need a pastor, elder, mentor or fellow believer to come along side and encourage the person back to faith. This is to be done with utmost love and care… Not condescendingly, but with the love of Christ.