Judge or not judge

There is an saying, “When you point your finger at someone there are three more pointing back at you.” In other words before you judge another’s actions you had better make sure your actions are righteous.

Judgment in the Scriptures is very tricky. On one hand we are told not to judge in Matthew 7:1 and in Romans 14. Then on the other hand we are told we should judge in 2 John 1:7-11 and 1 Corinthians 5:9-13.

When we are told not to judge in Romans 14, it is meaning for us not to criticize a persons choice in matters that are not contrary to Scripture. These choices would include things like what a person eats or drinks or the day of worship they choose.

When we are told to judge it is always a matter of keeping purity in the church and it is judging only the church, not the outside world. I like what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians  5:9-13, ” I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters; for then you would have to go out of the world. But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he should be an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler-not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? But those who are outside, God judges. Remove the wicked man from among yourselves.”

Paul here, is explaining to us that we should not try to judge and purify the world, but we are to judge and keep pure the church. All too often when somebody’s sin is pointed out they claim Matthew 7:1, “Judge not, lest you be judged.” And many, not knowing the scriptures, walk away and sin runs rampant in our churches.

“For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God…” 1 Peter 4:17.

Father, help us watch our mouths and not criticize others, while giving us the courage and strength to point out sin in the church, helping us walk purely before you! In Jesus name I Pray, Amen