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We the People justify everything we do. We feel the need to back up what we say and explain to all who might listen why we do the things we do. That being true, the flipside also is true. We the people when confronted by others about the things we do or say not only justify to all who might listen, but to ourselves by saying something to the extent of, “Only God can judge me! You are a Christian you can’t judge! Bible says that!” 

Really? Does it say that? Let’s take a look. Matthew chapter 7 addresses this very issue.

The church catches a bad rap due to many of her members acting like they are the only ones with knowledge of the Lord or access to Heaven just because they are members of a certain church. I know full well that any secular, usually liberal will say my statement is indicative of the Christian faith because claim Jesus is the only way to Heaven. On behalf of Christians everywhere, we have never made that claim! Jesus did, we are only repeating His teachings. Now that’s out of the way, let’s look at the issue at hand.

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

 

                Does this mean entropy and moral indifference reign? Nope. Christian people are not supposed to judge anyone right? Well, it’s like this: I, as a Christian fail. See, I admit I sometimes judge the person. Here’s what the verse means. First, we as Christians need to hold one another accountable, period. Now,  that being stated, I will not sit by while my fellow Christian messes up, strays away from Christ, or anything like that. I, as a Christian, will not look at someone who is say drinking alcohol and say, “You are going to Hell because of that beer,” nor will I say, “You are buying a lottery ticket! You ain’t right with the Lord!”

                We should not judge the person, but we as Christians are called to uphold the principles of Christ. After saying this most critics say well, this Jesus you call Messiah forgave an adulterous woman! So shouldn’t all you Christians mind your own business?

                Good point. What folks, the critics, forget to mention is that Jesus said to the adulterous woman, Go, and sin no more.” Christ forgave the woman and instructed her to sin no more. See this is an example of Christ practicing what He preached. He did not judge or condemn the woman, but he did tell her after forgiveness to sin no more. We as Christians, followers of Christ, should emulate Him.

                People then attack and say, “you are a sinner too no better than me so why do you want to preach to me?” Wrong. After we accept Christ as the Lord, The Holy Spirit makes us a new creation, creature if you will. We are transformed from sinner to saint.

                Most people love to make themselves feel better by picking apart other people.  Jesus asked rhetorically of course, why we do this.

"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? 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? 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.”

            There isn’t a whole lot I need to say about this. Jesus was speaking plainly here. It’s kind of like a person addicted to cocaine lecturing a drunk about the evils of alcohol. No one needs to be judging others until they have first taken a hard look at themselves. Is that an amen or an oh me?

            Now here is the most controversial statement from chapter seven in my opinion. It’s controversial because commentators and other Christian people cannot agree with its meaning.

"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.

            Who are the dogs? Biblically, wild dogs killed Jezebel. Dogs are thought to be well, um, dogs. Pigs most of us know under the old law were unclean. Is Jesus saying don’t share the Gospel? No. I don’t believe so. This statement from Jesus is very reminiscent of wisdom or wise statements from Proverbs. One that comes to mind is “Do not talk to a fool.” It is that same kind of thought here in my opinion. We should never deny anyone who doesn’t know Jesus, the Gospel, but at the same time, we need to be cautious as to how we present it. Paul taught that Christians should always be ready for a defense of the Gospel. The unbelievers are the swine. In Peter and Paul’s day, the kings did not believe and they could easily kill you as look at you.

            As we go about our walk with Christ, remember as Isaiah spoke, “Stand firm in the faith or you won’t stand at all.” Do not judge the sinner, but teach them about Jesus, His mercy, love, and His Grace. God bless.