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Tuesday, October 25, 2005 at 4:56 PM

Judge lest ye be judged (1)

Sometimes I hear the cry "don't judge them" or "don't judge me" or "stop judging" and so on.

Most of this comes out of the verse in Matthew 7:
1"Judge not, that you be not judged. 2For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.

They take this to be a complete prohibition against judging people, but what exactly does judging mean?

Dictionary.com defines it as:
to form an opinion or estimation of after careful consideration

But yet, throughout that Gospels, we see Jesus forming opinions of the Pharisees, (you hypocrites!) of Peter (get behind me Satan!). We see Jesus ruthlessly pointing out sin (woman at the well in John 4). We see him overturning tables and the like. Clearly he has formed judgments of all these people and have found them wanting and deficient. So much so that it is in need of rebuke and harsh correction.

So what does judging mean then? I was going to post a multi-part series on what judge not, lest ye be judged means, how it fits with the church and judgment in the church (Romans 14), and talk about church discipline (1 Cor. 5/Acts 5).

Then I stumbled upon these two articles, covering a little bit of what I wanted to talk about with Matthew 7. I think I'll leave them as thoughts. I would like to talk about church discipline in the near future (thus the title of post). Stay tuned.

To Judge or Not To Judge: Part 1, Part 2

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Blogger Frank Martens said...

And sometimes we don't even need to do the judging... usually scripture does a pretty good job of that.



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