Posted by: forfreedomalone | 24/11/2013

Judging

Judging seems to be the topic of the month in my universe this month, so I thought I’d address some of the issues which have been coming up again and again.

“Don’t judge me!” is a common cry; as is “You have no right to judge……”.
Both are right. Don’t judge one another it isn’t good for anyone.
But what does it mean to “judge” someone? We’d better get that straightened out or we will not know when we are judging and when we are not.

Jesus said “Judge not, lest you be judged”.
What did he mean? If you judge me God will judge you? No, that’s neither what he meant nor what he said. 
Next verse he says “For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” , explained in Luke 6:38 “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

What you give out will return to you at the hands of MAN, not God. As I judge you, so will you judge me; but, it will be pressed down, shaken together and running over. Judgement, like kindness, grows between the first giving and the second. Between leaving me and leaving you to return to me it grows.

So what is this thing called judgement?
First let me tell you what it is not.
It is NOT, me telling you that what you are doing is contrary to the Word.
If you are defrauding the tax man and I tell you that is wrong I am NOT judging you. I am telling you, you are breaking the law. Jesus said to render to Caesar what was Caesar’s, because withholding it leads to all sorts of trouble. It is sin, because it is not trusting god to take care of you.
If you are having an affair and I tell you this is not the way to behave I am NOT judging you. I am protecting you from heartbreak and suffering. God hates divorce and, although he will never stop loving you and will not condemn you if you do divorce, wants you to be able to rebuild your marriage.
If you are preaching contrary to the Gospel and I challenge you, I am NOT judging you. You may be heading down a slippery slope and you may be taking others with you.
In our highly PC world we have completely lost sight of being held to account. We cry “Judgement!” the moment anyone dares to tell us we are off track.

If we are Sons of God we should be watching over one another and pointing out when another is in danger from his actions, beliefs or lifestyle. This does not give anyone the right to become a nag or criticiser. It should be done in love, for the best interests of the other, but it should be done. We have taken to stepping back from challenging one another and, thereby, saving one another from sin and suffering, because we are afraid of being accused of judging.

To judge means “to separate, put asunder, to pick out, select, choose” to be, to all intents and purposes, a “preferer of men”, which God is not and neither should we be. 

To judge is to pronounce for one side against the other. That is God’s job and his alone. We can say that so-and-so is in violation of the word by having an affair. We can go to that person and talk with him. We need to take the Gospel, the good news of how God sees him and how God has already forgiven him. We can seek to restore him/her. But as soon as we take his side against her (or vice versa) we are in the judgement seat. We are separating one from the other, we are deciding who is right and who is wrong. This is entirely a function of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. 

Right and wrong are irrelevant. What matters is how a person is living in relationship with God. If they are falling out of relationship we are called to do whatever we can to restore them.
Do not be afraid of going to a brother or sister, gently, and talking to them if you see that they are leaving their first love, you may save a soul by speaking out.

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