Do not judge is an enemy tactics of wrecking havoc.
Matthew 7:1-2 says, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.
The scriptural passage quoted above is the most misused text especially in the Christian fold.
Why? Because many Christians and their leaders has too much skeleton in their closets.
It’s very unlikely that someone will see a pilot that is on duty already drunk yet with another bottles of alcohol without questioning him or report such to the authority. Why? So that he will not wreck any havoc to many lives.
That’s a good and sound judgment.
This scripture of “judge not” is often misinterpreted by unbelievers and professing Christians alike.
Often you will hear people saying “judge not,” as if Jesus’s followers are dumb or JESUS tells His people not to make any judgments whatsoever.
However, Christ is not saying here that we are not supposed to judge but that we should judge carefully and honestly.
In our judging we should not fail to be mindful of our own character because we are manifesting and reflecting the very character of God.
In fact, Jesus calls us to use caution and discernment in making judgments, and making sound judgments is part of Christian discipleship.
Let’s look at the book of Matthew 18:15-20:
15. “If your brother wrongs you, go and show him his fault, between you and him privately. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother.
16. But if he does not listen, take along with you one or two others, so that every word may be confirmed and upheld by the testimony of two or three witnesses.
17. If he pays no attention to them [refusing to listen and obey], tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a pagan and a tax collector.
18. Truly I tell you, whatever you forbid and declare to be improper and unlawful on earth must be what is already forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit and declare proper and lawful on earth must be what is already permitted in heaven…
Now let’s read verse 17 again. If as a believer, we’re permitted to call attention of another believer to his or her wrong doing, then what makes us think that we’re not entitle to call attention, or rebuke someone that is demonstrating craziness?
Did Christian got it wrong?
Where? Jesus says, “And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a pagan and a tax collector.
The Body of Christ are missing it here. Jesus was not talking of excommunication here.
Matthew 9:9-13 “As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s office; and He said to him, Be My disciple [side with My party and follow Me]. And he rose and followed Him.
And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold many tax collectors and [especially wicked] sinners came and sat (reclined) with Him and His disciples.
And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, why does your Master eat with tax collectors and those [preeminently] sinful?
But when Jesus heard it, He replied, those who are strong and well (healthy) have no need of a physician, but those who are weak and sick.
Go and learn what this means: I desire mercy [that is, readiness to help those in trouble] and not sacrifice and sacrificial victims.
For I came not to call, and invite to repentance the righteous, (those who are upright and in right standing with God), but sinners, (the erring ones and all those not free from sin).
In this short passage, we can see that Jesus accepts and fellowships with sinners (even tax collectors).
What is paganism or pagan?
It means an umbrella term covering many different religion and belief system. While Paganism may simply term as spiritual way of life, and its origin is rooted in ancient nature religions.
An example of pagans: The gentiles! That is you and me or what we represent before we are born again.
What is tax collector?
Tax collector is a person who collects unpaid taxes from other people or corporations.
To know more about tax collectors, look at the ones in charge of collecting taxes in your nation.
Give an example of a tax collector: The author of the book of Matthew; which you and I are reading.
Then where did the Christ followers got the idea of treating pagan and tax collectors as trash?
The one that called us had already given us the template of how to run his ministry.
Why do we bother about the many fallacies from the ministers conferences?
In conclusion, Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
John 7 : 24