Good morning and bless you Crazy Amazing Love Fans!
I want to chat about something that causes a lot of confusion. Judgement. Most people are very quick to say that the Bible says not to judge. You know the one, judge not, lest you be judged? Yeah, that one.
Then there’s the one that says we should judge them according to their fruits. No, not whether or not they are a fruit, but by the way they look. In other words, if you were to walk up to a fruit tree and it’s supposed to be an apple tree but you see oranges on it, then you know, it’s not an apple tree at all.
But, let’s look at these in context.
The first one, the “judge not, lest you be judged” one. It’s found in Matthew 7:1-2.
1 Judge not, that you be not judged.
2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you
We tend to focus on that first verse but there’s more. In fact more for that paragraph than what is here. But we need to understand the point that Jesus was making here. You see the word “judge” can be used in many fashions. Here, it refers to condemnation. Do not condemn a person for you will be condemned by the same criteria.
Now the other passage, Matthew 7:15-16 (just a few verses further):
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
16 You will know them by their fruits.
We often take this scripture to mean we are to judge people by how they look. In context, however, it is telling us to discern other Christians. To recognize them by their actions, their words, the things they say. In essence, the results of who they are inside. It is not license to judge a person in the world.
The world needs Jesus. We do not need to condemn it to prove that. We are sent into the world to save it. Even Jesus said He did not come to judge the world but to save it. Then who are we to do so?
The only real time we must “judge” is whether or not the fruit/appearance of a “brother or sister” doe not seem to be in line with what it should be. And then only if they appear to be a serious danger to the fold. Which, in all honesty, is very seldom seen until it’s too late and much damage is done. But, that’s for another time.
Here’s the point: You need not judge the lost, they are lost and you cannot change that. Only Christ can. Your lack of judging them, however, can certainly influence them.
And, learn to discern. See what I did there? Haha…