“To Judge Or Not To Judge?”

Posted: September 11, 2014 in Abolish Judges?, Bible Study, Christian Life, Government, James, Salvation

Try to imagine what our world would look like without just judges. Men with moral integrity should be elected as legislators since they are the ones who are given the power to make the rules for a civilized society. The executive branch of the government is supposed to enforce the laws and punish the evil doers. In our country we still have the opportunity to vote for those whom we believe will serve us well. Have you ever thought of praying for such people (1 Timothy 2:1-4)?

Citizen. To be a good one, we should do our best to abide by the laws of the land in which we live (Romans 13:1-7). If man’s laws happen to violate God’s laws, Christians must obey God’s laws and, if necessary, suffer the consequences (Acts 5:29; 1 Peter 4:16; Daniel 3:18-25; 6:10-13).

John 3:16. It used to be one of the most quoted Bible verses. Can you recite it from memory? But in more recent days, Matthew 7:1 seems to be quoted more often. Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, said, “Judge not, that you be not judged.” Do you know the ones to whom Jesus said these words (Matthew 7:5, 6)? Unfortunately, many people have the idea that no one should ever judge anyone else. Suppose that were the case. You wouldn’t be able to accuse another person of taking your property or violating your “rights.”  We wouldn’t need the government and people would be acting lawlessly in anarchy. It seems like we’re not that far from this condition in our country today.

Question. What can/should a Christian do with regards to judging others? Should he form no opinions about anything and let others do whatever they want to do? Do you think that you have the right to do whatever you want to do even if other people are harmed by your actions? Do you think the government should be able to take what you’ve earned by hard work and give it to someone who refuses to work?   Have you considered what God says about those who won’t work (2 Thessalonians 3:10; Proverbs 6:6)?  Would you really want to live in such a society?

First. Before tying to help another person with his problem, one should do his best to make sure that he doesn’t have a greater problem than the one he is trying to help. If your eye Doctor had a big nail in his own eye, you wouldn’t want him to try to take out the small speck in your eye until the nail had been taken out of his own eye and he sees clearly again.

Qualifications. Before trying to help someone in the spiritual realm, it’s important that the person be spiritually alive or born again from above (John 3:3, 6; Ephesians 2:1). Not everyone who professes to be a Christian is one. There are those who believe in vain (1 Corinthians 15:2; Matthew 7:21-23). Furthermore, some Christians haven’t confessed their known sins to God and to others whom they have offended (1 John 1:9; James 5:16). They aren’t growing spiritually (2 Peter 3:18), and they aren’t abiding (feeling at ease) in Christ (John 15:4-10). Not everyone is motivated by Christ’s love (1 Corinthians 13; 2 Corinthians 5:14). Some people slander or gossip about others to make themselves look better (Philippians 1:15-18). Are you driven by a bitter, jealous spirit or by God’s love?

Cooperation. “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed” (Amos 3:3)? The spiritual Christian’s primary purpose is to glorify God by making Him know to others (1 Corinthians 10:31). The natural, unsaved man is concerned about temporal things that will all be destroyed (2 Peter 3:10-13).  He doesn’t receive (welcome) the things of the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 2:14). The Spirit filled believer (Ephesians 5:18) realizes that he is just passing through this world on his way to heaven (Hebrews 11:13; 1 Peter 2:11). He may use the present world system but he is not to abuse it or love it (1 Corinthians 7:31; 1 John 2:15-17). He should be concerned for the people for whom Christ died (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2) and should tell them about God’s amazing plan of salvation.

Gospel. The Gospel (Good News) we must believe in order to be saved is, “Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). The only condition for salvation is “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). Have you done this yet? If not, why not right now?

Motives. God alone is omniscient. He knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). Jesus is omniscient and shares all the attributes of God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (John 2:24, 25; Colossians 2:9). God alone knows fully and completely why we do what we do. On judgment day Judge Jesus (John 5:22) will unveil all our motives and reward the good works of believers that stood the test (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5; Hebrews 4:12).

Attitudes, Words, Actions. Before a Christian sins, he trespasses (Ephesians 2:1; James 1:13, 14). Bad attitudes usually lead to sinful actions. When a Spirit filled fellow Christian detects a bad attitude in another believer, he can/should come along side that person and try to help him adjust his attitude (Galatians 6:1-5). Christians can/should judge (evaluate) their own words and actions (1 Corinthians 11:28, 31) and may do the same with others (1 Corinthians 5:1-13; 6:1-8).

Law Of LoveWhile love is only one of God’s attributes (1 John 4:8) and must be balanced with all His other attributes, the “Royal Law” (James 2:8) involves our loving our neighbor as ourselves (Leviticus 19:18). That was the best that an Old Testament believer could do. As they loved themselves, they were also to love their neighbor. But the new commandment Christ gave to His disciples involved a greater intensity of love when He said, “You are to love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34, 35). When a Christian is filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) and walks by means of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-25) he will have the “Fruit of the Spirit” produced in his life. These nine parts of the fruit must be directed properly toward the right objects at the right time. It’s possible for this fruit to be misdirected toward the things of this world (1 John 2:15-17).

Ask. When someone wants to slander another person or gossip about him or her, you might ask “Why are you telling me this? Where did you get your information? Have you spoken to the person about this? Have you checked all the facts? May I quote you on this?” Doing this might impede slander and gossip about other people. When we’re tempted to gossip, tattle, or lie about another person, we need to put on the belt of truth (Ephesians 6:14).

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers” (Ephesians 4:29).

Help. If you have questions or comments, we invite you to call us at 805-238-3549 or visit or website for more information: www.kelseypeach.com. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s