Do not judge lest you be judged. (Matthew 7:1 NASB)
We are looking this week at what might be a bit controversial – When should a Christian be judgmental?
Today let’s look at the example of Jesus’ life.
Jesus was judgmental when doing one-on-one evangelism with the woman at the well in Samaria.
He said that the Samaritans didn't even know what they were worshiping. (John 4:22) Judging a man's (or worse a nation's) worship habits is today considered a hate crime, but there goes Jesus slamming an entire nation. Not to mention the fact that He had just brought out into the open this woman's sex life. She had been married 5 times and was currently living in sin.
Check out these Red Letters in Matthew 11 where Jesus judges entire cities for bringing forth no repentance in the presence of His mighty works.
Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles had occurred in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. Nevertheless I say to you, it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment, than for you. And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You shall descend to Hades; for if the miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day. Nevertheless I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you. (Matthew 11:21-24 NASB)
Jesus judged the Pharisees over and over for their hardness of heart, their hypocrisy, even for their theology. Read Matthew Chapter 23 - the whole thing - and tell me that Jesus didn't judge.
And what of Jesus in Revelation Chapter 2 and 3. He says in each of the 7 letters to 7 churches - “I know your works”, and he praises some of the works, and condemns other works.
Perhaps you think that Jesus, being the perfect and holy Son of God, had the right to judge, (and well He does, He is the Judge!) but that does not give us the right to judge.
By now you are probably saying, what is the point to all this. Ben, are you suggesting we should be judgmental creeps driving people away from Christ?
No – not at all – I am going someplace, and I want you to stick with me. This is a really important topic and we should not allow our minds to be clouded by the world's perspective.
Tomorrow we will look at some of the other characters in the New Testament and see what we can glean.
Don’t quit – come on back.