Friday, June 21, 2019

Is Judging People Wrong?

When I refer to Christianity, I don’t mean a lot of the superficial organizations seen on TV or similar places we may have visited. I mean true Christianity. Whatever the case, welcome to the age of political correctness, where truth is relative and making any form of judgment toward a person is “wrong.” Those holding high positions in schools, businesses, corporations, and churches and those affiliated are offended when confronted by peers for doing or teaching things that they ought not. Many become zombies and are brain-washed by the ideology that says if we make any forms of judgment against people, it is “wrong.” Where do people get the idea that it is “wrong” to judge other people?

I would argue that it largely comes from Matthew 7:1 in the Holy Bible. The verse reads, “Judge not, that you be not judged.” The verse is taken out of context just like most other bible scripture is taken out of context. Many people use the verse to proclaim that others have no right to tell them they are wrong. The verse is also used to outright silence critics. Ironically, even those who deny the existence of God uses the verse to silence critics. Many in general will also say things like, “Nobody can judge me except for God.” Let’s look at the verse with more context added to it. The verse does not mean we’re not allowed to show discernment. When people steal they are thieves. If one commits murder, then he/she is a murderer. If one speaks of another in a negative light with no constructive intent, he/she is gossiping. When people slander or consistently and deliberately try to manipulate or hurt us, they should be avoided — yet, when action is taken against these types of people they say, “Hey, you are judging me!” A line has to be drawn somewhere and there is nothing wrong with using this kind of judgment against people. If there was no judgment of people allowed, wouldn’t that be the same thing as saying, “Anything Goes?” That is not what the God of the Bible intends for anybody and it’s certainly not taught anywhere in the Bible. The world we live in for the most part has laws, so the ideology that “anything goes” is more like wishful thinking as opposed to objective reality.

Further down into Matthew 7 (the same chapter with the verse above), Jesus goes onto say, “Do not give what is holy to the dogs, nor throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet and turn around and attack you” — and even further down Jesus says, “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.” It’s clearly implied here that God prescribes using judgment since without it, one could not discern who “dogs” are, who “pigs” are, and who “false prophets” are. “Dogs and Pigs” in this context refer to those who mock and ridicule people who teach from the bible — stated another way, Jesus is saying don’t walk into a proverbial lions’ den and teach from the bible. If we look at verses throughout other parts of the Bible, we’ll see more clearly what Jesus means by, “Do not judge…”

These verses include but are not limited to 1) “Do not judge according to appearance, but practice righteous judgment.” (John 7:24) — we can see by this verse that Jesus clearly condemns prejudice, including racism. 2)“And why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank that is in your own eye? 4 Or how will you say to your brother, ‘Let me pull the speck out of your eye,’ when a log is in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite! First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:3-5) — this is a hypocritical type of judgment that Jesus says to avoid. 3) “…to speak evil of no one, not to be contentious, but gentle, showing all humility toward everyone.” (Titus 3:2) — this implies to avoid harsh, nonconstructive judgment. 4) “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Matthew 5:7) — this verse also implies not to use harsh, nonconstructive judgment.

In general, Jesus teaches that judging is others is right if done constructively. In John 7:24 Jesus says, “Do not judge according to appearance, but practice righteous judgment.” Grammatically, the word “practice” being used here is a command— that means we not only have permission to use judgment but Jesus actually commands to use judgment — the claim that states “no judgment” is allowed under any circumstances it not realistic or prescribed by God.