The Greatest Commandment = Thou Shall Not Judge!

If you dare to venture outside of Christendom then you have probably heard people say something along the lines of, “Christians are so judgmental. Don’t they know Jesus said that you shouldn’t judge others.” Apparently, Barkley (A.K.A. Prince Charles) is familiar with this bed rock of all Christian doctrine as well. This is especially true in light of the recent political battles in California dealing with Homosexual Marriage. Again it is said, ” Why does the Christian Right have to judge us, why can’t they just let us be happy.”

On one hand, I think there is some validity in what they are saying. Paul somewhat fits that profile when he says, “For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside.” ( 1 Cor 5.12-13a) It is almost as if he saying that our business is the Church and not those outside of it. We need to be concerned with our purity not theirs.

But on the other hand, I think there is a difference when they say, “Jesus, said Don’t Judge” and when Jesus said,

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? ”
(Mat 7:1-3)

The common understanding of why being judgmental is so offensive is because everyone is equally right in what they do. But Jesus here is saying don’t be judgmental because everyone is equally wrong. It is the nobody is messed up vs. everybody is messed up. One interpretation of “thou shall not judge” leads to arrogance in autonomy and the other leads to humiliation and Mercy.

In the end I think people who aren’t Christian need to reevaluate what they think Jesus said. But I also think Christians need to practice what Jesus said and not legislate self righteousness.


3 responses to “The Greatest Commandment = Thou Shall Not Judge!

  1. Hurrah! Great post Richter. Love ya bro.

  2. So good J…and yes, by saying its good I am making a judgment. love you.

  3. This is a tough scripture, and one that many who are not Christians often toss at Christians. And have done it for years.

    It touches being ether measured by the Grace Christ gave us, or measuring our mistakes on how the world will measure it. No one can be perfect there is not such way, the only way you can do it is through the blood of Christ.

    So if we judge we are in fact taking the role of God on, and saying this is how I see it. When we have our own issues to deal with. Now in saying this, there are things spoken on in the bible which God has stated are wrong. But as a Christian how do we approach the wrongs, and sins we see is important.

    We need to show the mercy and compassion Christ has shown time and time again. So tossing a Bible and wagging a finger will not change a life, but with mercy and prayer it can be done. As with mercy Christ came to save us.

    With this said, also remember we are human. And everyone will stick their foot in the mouth from time and time again. In the end, God sees the heart of us all, and knows the true condition of our heart. So if you do make a judgement, don’t condemn yourself as that is what the devil would like you too. But seek forgiveness, even if you only are able to speak it to God as the other party will not except your response.

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