We are guilty of the kind of judging Jesus condemned when we make judgements of others in areas not specifically addressed by Scripture.
“Judge not, lest you be judged.”
These are perhaps the most well known words of Jesus. They’re commonly used to keep people from making moral judgments about others.
Try sharing a strong moral opinion in a mixed crowd and notice how quickly you’ll hear: “Judge not, lest you be judged.”
Others use these words to excuse themselves from making judgments. “Who am I to judge?” they ask. “After all, Jesus did say, ‘Judge not…’”
- What did Jesus mean when he spoke these words?
- Was he advocating a policy of minding your own business?
- Was he forbidding all judgments about the actions of others?
John R. W. Stott asked if obedience to these words required us to “…suspend our critical faculties in relation to other people, to turn a blind eye to their faults (pretending not to notice them), to avoid all criticism and to…
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