Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Guess Post - To Judge or Not To Judge

This comes from my older brother, Doug who posted this on Facebook.  Add your comments here!

I'm coming across something that I think is generational. When I look at Matthew 7:1-6 that says,

"Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. "

I think that I shouldn't judge people's motivations. I think that when I judge whether someone else's choices are right or wrong that I should be sure that I apply the same measuring stick to my own life.

However, I have come to realize that there are many people who believe they have a right to live a totally "un-judged life." I do not understand how you can care for someone without judging whether they are making good choices or bad choices.

I'd like your opinions. I kind of want to see if it has a generational bias. Did we, by changing the way we (as a whole) discipline children teach them that all points of view are right and therefore not subject to the judgment of others.

Is judging always wrong? How old are you?


Anonymous said...

I totally agree with you. It is not my job to judge motives, but it is our job to note the choices people make and help them find the right choice. If we don't make some judgements then how do we decide who needs reproof and exhortation. I'm 38 yrs. old.

Tim Archer said...

I like the comment about not judging motivations. I also refrain from giving opinions about someone's eternal destiny. I feel that God has reserved that right for himself.

Grace and peace,
Tim Archer