WHY JUDGE OTHERS?
Why do we judge others? One reason we judge others may be that we are afraid God, and anybody else, might miss the sins others commit. Another reason we judge others is we may be afraid that we will not get credit for not doing what we are accusing them of doing. In other words, we feel our righteousness might shine brighter against the backdrop of their wickedness. Finally, we may be judging others, because we are misinformed about who the real judge is. Regardless of why we appoint ourselves as judges, the Bible makes clear that we are not to judge other people (Matt 7:1), and we ought to be careful that we too are not doing the same things (Rom 2:3). In teaching His disciples about judgments in the kingdom, Jesus says:
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 “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? 4 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? 5 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.
6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces (Matt 7:1-6 NIV).
The duty of a disciple within the kingdom is not to judge others. The Bible says: It is mine to avenge; I will repay, and again, The Lord will judge His people (Heb 10:30). The duty of a disciple in the kingdom is to obey the Lord not censor others or usurp God’s role as judge.
However, Judge not lest you be judged is not a license to remove all critical thinking, but a warning against the condemnation that belongs only to God, the Judge of all men (Heb 12:23). Judgment, in the form of critical thinking or discernment, is actually commanded (Matt 7:5,6). The disciple must judge the best way to remove the plank in his own eye, so that he can see clearly how to help his brother with a speck, and he must discern what is sacred and valuable so that he will not waste it and be destroyed in the process.
Our concern for others is a genuine interest for their welfare (Php 2:20); it is not an attempt to make ourselves feel better or appear better than we are by censoring others. Love is the context for anything we say in truth (Eph 4:15), and the winning of souls is our business not the condemnation others. God grant us the wisdom to see the changes we can make in ourselves that will win more souls for Your kingdom, Amen!