Union Baptist Church
We love playing the role of judge.
We like to judge other people, and point out their faults and shortcomings. It seems fun when we think that we are in charge. We want to be judge, jury and executioner. Give people what we think they deserve if they backslide, make a mistake or if they need forgiveness. We often remind people of what they did. We won’t let the past be the past. It can be 20 years ago. We have to bring up things people have done in the past. To remind them that you haven’t forgotten.
According to Matthew 7: 1-5, Jesus talks about judging others. Jesus is dealing with these so-called Christians. Some followers felt like it was their appointed duty to tell people how they had sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. In this text, Jesus is not pleased with the church. He calls out the people for being so judgmental, for spreading discord and for pretending to be something they are not.
There are Christians today who are judgmental and have a critical spirit that exist in the church. So serious is this criticism and judgment within the church that Jesus pulls no punches. He warns us that you will be judged in the same way you judge others.
He reminds us not to condemn others and we won’t be condemned. When someone has come short or done wrong and fallen, he is often judged. When a person has slipped, it is time for us to have compassion; show love, genuine charity. It is a time for reaching out with a hand and offering to pull that person up, not push him away. It’s time to speak to him kindly, not negatively and destructively, but with words of encouragement.
Jesus tells us that when you judge other people, you will be judged by the same standards. God will be as hard on you as you are on others. Some of the most unforgiving people are self-righteous Christians. The people who criticize and point fingers at others shortcomings. Whatever we criticize are the same things for which we shall be condemned. The same rules apply to you. The same standards will be used. The things that we see in others are the same habits we have ourselves. When you point a finger at someone, there are three fingers pointing at you. God forgives the humble and repentant sinner, but he shall judge the judgmental and critical person. There is to be no mercy whatsoever for the person who shows no mercy. Unless you want the same treatment, don’t judge people; don’t you judge me.