It is a common perception that Christians are judgmental, that they sometimes look down on other people who sin and/or live different lifestyles. Does the Bible encourage Christians to judge others?
Matthew 7:1,3,5 Jesus said ‘Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 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? 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’.
Matthew 18:15,17 Jesus said ‘If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over’ When Jesus says ‘brother or sister’, he is talking about fellow believers.
Romans 14:10,13 Paul said ‘ Why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister’.
Matthew 22:37,39 Jesus said that the greatest commandment is ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself’.
Christians are to judge between good and evil, and even to proclaim how God judges, but this it to be tempered by realization of their own sin, and love for each other and the non-Christians.
The Christian’s main job to share the good news of Jesus, for the Bible says that accepting Jesus as saviour is the way to have relationship with God. If Christians truly loved others as the Bible teaches, their sharing about Jesus would be more easily accepted, wouldn’t it? After all, why should you to listen to someone who’s looking down on you?
Christians are to recognize sin and correct it, but sometimes they often get hung up on the ‘don’ts’ and forget or not realize the benefits of the ‘dos’.
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