Is ‘Do Not Judge’ Taken Out of Context?

I’ve decided to post about this issue after reading an article on the virtue of judging.

Matthew 7

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.

2 For you will be treated as you treat others.The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.

3 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?

4 How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye?

5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.

6 “Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.

Prior to reading the article, i believed that no one should judge anyone else because its not our place. We tend to hear this quote thrown around quite a lot. The thing is, like the article mentions, its natural to judge people. We judge people in all kinds of ways, e.g. we pass moral judgement when we talk about murder, adultery, lies etc being wrong, even when Christians talk about homosexuality being wrong, since they’re all considered immoral in the bible along with other examples.

In terms of adultery, informing an adulterer of this moral principle isn’t passing judgement, its simply stating a moral principle. However, where it becomes a judgement is when the person saying this has done or is doing it themselves [i.e. hypocriticism], or where the person decides to gossip with others [but then gossiping in itself is bad enough let alone the judgement].

Lets consider homosexuality. There are Christians that have such strong beliefs that homosexuality is wrong. Do you think that’s a form of judging? I guess it depends on how they live their lives. For example, a pastor may be convinced that it is terrible, yet secretly hes cheating on his wife. Or perhaps a parent believes children should honour their parents, yet they go around living on pretences and lies to make themselves appear of a certain class. How can you be so strongly against one moral principle yet be so carefree with another? Like Yahuwshua said how can someone worry about just a small speck in someone elses eye when they have a large log in their own eye?

Yahuwshua said we will be treated as we treat others and will be judged by the same standard by which we judge others. Taking all into consideration i believe that those who treat e.g. gay people, adulterers etc like second class citizens and show no love for them as their neighbour shouldn’t be shocked when they are shunned by all after they sin themselves. After all like the verse says, they will be judged and treated by that same standard. A person who gos around lying acting like they have the perfect life may be found out to be a liar and may think ‘but i’m a nice person, i couldn’t help it, i meant no harm’ little knowing that thats probably what the gay person feels. At the end of it all, they bboth have gone against Yahuvahs word.

We should be kind to everyone, and show them the way, rather than beating them down because at the end of the day we’re all imperfect and all sin so we shouldn’t look down on others. We should show love for everyone whether we do or don’t agree with their actions.

As for the last verse, we should realise that having the message of living Yahuvahs way may upset certain individuals. They’re the type that are too set in their ways to change, or others that want to use parts of the bible as an excuse for their despicable behaviour. Yahuwshua mentioned they will turn and attack us, so lets not get surprised when they do. After all, we’re here not to please men, but to please Yahuwah. Remember He’ll judge us along with them so lets make sure we ourselves live right, but not in a selfish way, we must always be of service to our fellow men.


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