Don’t Judge That? – Unscrambling Judgment – Part 5

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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, I hope to expose one place we are judging that we need to stop.

One place we are quick to judge is in our evangelism. We prejudge men and women to decide if they would be a good person with whom to share the gospel.

Do we think they would receive our message, or would preaching to them simply push them further away from God.

Strangely this is one area where we are told not to judge. Jesus said

Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. ~ Mark 16:15-16 NASB

and so there is no need for judgment, just obedience.

We rationalize reasons why this one or that one might not accept our message or might not be ready - not "white to harvest." We judge our neighborhoods as hard soil that is not ready to receive, and our neighbors as gospel hardened, or too long unchurched, they are too prosperous or too poor, too busy or too deeply hurt.

We even judge ourselves as unworthy to share the gospel because our lives are not perfect.

This is would be almost funny, if it were not so sad. We are inviting people to join a club where the only criteria for entrance is that you are not worthy to be in it, and we feel like our crappy life and circumstances disqualify us as worthy representatives. DUH!

Everyone needs what we have (Jesus,) and everyone is eligible for admission, because all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

Quit your judging and just share what the Lord has done (or is doing) in your life.

Hey – come back next time for a bit of summing up on this judgment series.

BenTell me what your learning.

Thanks

Ben

0 thoughts on “Don’t Judge That? – Unscrambling Judgment – Part 5

  1. ptl2010

    Ben, I agree jugement must begin in the house of God. The leaders must judge in agape love not for the love of authority but to impart the ways of God. The Word must be the rule and forgiveness must flow where there is repentance. God is our God of order. You have skillfully handled the issue of judgement. Praise the Lord.

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  2. Debbie

    I hadn't thought about that . .that we judge in that way. yikes. Thank you for teaching us and helping us to be obedient today! God bless you, Mr. Ben!

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    1. Ben Nelson

      Deb, You are so quick to catch all that the Lord throws - it is such an encouragement the way you grab quickly and hold fast to what the Lord is saying.

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  3. cshowers

    Amen, Ben - when we read the parable of the soil... or is it the seeds? At any rate, no matter the condition of the soil, the seeds of the Word of God were scattered on rocky ground as well as the fallowed ground, thereby making it clear, that we are to share the Word of God with whomever, wherever we are, and let God worry about nourishing the seed after we have moved on...

    This has been a powerful series. There is so much meat in it. Thanks for obeying Holy Spirit and sharing it, Ben.

    In Christ's love,
    Cheryl

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