Tuesday, June 6, 2017
While it is true that the Scriptures expressly forbid holding other people to standards that are not personally obeyed (Matthew 7:1-5), we still are under the obligation to constantly "judge righteous judgment" (John 7:24). In other words, we need to judge in a fair and morally consistent manner. Hence liberals who misquote the words of our Lord Jesus Christ regarding human judgment are wrong in their attempts to silence orthodox Christians who confront them about their erroneous beliefs and practices. The truth of the matter is that possessing good judgment skills forms the basis for all good moral discernment skills. We have a right to judge, as long as we do not engage in hypocrisy, infringe on the rights of other human beings, or harm their sense of dignity.
Not only is it morally permissible to exercise judgment in matters pertaining to preference, evaluation, survival, and discernment, but the process of making decisions is also a fundamental component of our daily lives. However, it is wrong for people to cast judgment on others who partake of similar lifestyles of sin without even doing a self-examination of conscience or acknowledging the past commitment of various sins.
The possession of hypocritical mentalities automatically places everybody who fits into those categories in no position to be casting judgment on other people, for we cannot make other people answer to double-standards. If three robbers are guilty for stealing money from a bank, then how can they point their fingers at each other when all three are just as guilty of sin? The same principle applies to all groups of people who partake in the different ways of evil. But if the act of judging in itself was intrinsically evil, then we must ask how judges can rightly convict criminals as a result of compiled evidence? How can teachers mark student answers wrong on tests? Clearly, people can judge because they are in a rightful position of authority, knowledge, and morality. We all have an inherent sense of right and wrong. In summary, there are rightful times for us to judge and wrongful times for us to be judging.
This is a simplistic presentation on the biblical principles regarding the occupation of human judgment. Hopefully this article can be of assistance to those who are perplexed behind the meaning of judgment. Indeed, there are proper applications of, conditions for, and methods of rational Christian discernment. We need to refute the popular notion that it is morally wrong to judge because it is not. Hypocrisy is a sin. Pride is a sin. Lust is a sin. These are the real issues that need to be addressed. Only through the infinite grace of God shall we prevail through the wicked powers and principalities of this world.