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.