To Judge or Not To Judge?
Ever ponder the phrase, “don’t judge me?” In one breath this protest against human opinion is based on another human opinion. Opinions formed by assumptions are an ugly human trait, but that doesn’t mean all judgement is bad.
Bad judgement doesn’t know how to discern between good and bad, it uses non-objective assumptions, fluctuating feelings and hearsay to form opinions.
It is Just Judgement that knows how to discern between good and bad, it asks objective questions, it’s impartial and equitable while searching out the facts.
To be without Judgement is called, “double minded,” meaning divided, two faced, not hot or cold, unstable, wavering and undecided. Without judgement we are unable to be decisive, discerning, shrewd and prudent.
“He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” James 1:8
Judgement is necessary and it’s good when it has Wisdom, Knowledge and Discernment/Understanding in the balance. Colossians 1:9
When Not to Judge
According to Matthew 7:2, we will all be judged justly, exactly the way we judged others. Verse 5 gives a specific warning that hypocrites are not to judge.
A hypocrite being the person who passes judgement on others while pretending they don’t do the same things;
“You therefore have no excuse, you who pass judgment on another. For on whatever grounds you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.“Romans 2:1
When to Judge
Self-judgment is the form of prayer King David modeled:
His son, King Solomon, also showed us that God gives us Wisdom and Knowledge to Judge Justly when we ask:
2. To know Wisdom, (chokmah #2451 from Chakam) and Correction, (musar #4148 from yasar); to Understand/Discern (bin #995) words with Understanding, (binah #998 from bin);
3. To take, (laqack #3947) Correction, (musar #4148) Prudently, (sakal #7919a); what is Right, (Tzedeq #6664) Just, (Mishpat #4941) and Impartial/Even, (meshar #4339 from yashar)…
Teachers will be Judged more Strictly
Teachers, referring to religious leaders, Rabbis, Priests, Preachers, Imams, even parents, anyone who influences others needs to consider themselves warned before they instruct others incorrectly. Matthew 18:6; Matthew 23:15.
So When you judge, Judge Justly, Not by Appearances or with Partiality but with Merciful Loving Kindness.
“Stop judging by outward appearances,and start judging justly.” John 7:24; Exodus 18:26; Exodus 23:3; Leviticus 19:15; Deuteronomy 1:17; Deuteronomy 10:17; Deuteronomy 16:19; Proverbs 18:5; Proverbs 24:23; Proverbs 28:21; James 2:1; James 2:9; Acts 10:34.