When Judging Becomes WrongMay 20, 2020 2023-04-05 19:12
When Judging Becomes Wrong
When Judging Becomes Wrong
There is a particular scripture that people like to point to when saying that we should not call out sin in other people, saying that doing so is judgment.
1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2 At sunrise he arrived again in the temple courtyard. All the people gathered around him there. He sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman. She had been caught committing adultery. They made her stand in front of the group. 4 They said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught sleeping with a man who was not her husband. 5 In the Law, Moses commanded us to kill such women by throwing stones at them. Now what do you say?” 6 They were trying to trap Jesus with that question. They wanted to have a reason to bring charges against him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 They kept asking him questions. So he stood up and said to them, “Has any one of you not sinned? Then you be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 He bent down again and wrote on the ground.
9 Those who heard what he had said began to go away. They left one at a time, the older ones first. Soon only Jesus was left. The woman was still standing there. 10 Jesus stood up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Hasn’t anyone found you guilty?”
11 “No one, sir,” she said.
“Then I don’t find you guilty either,” Jesus said. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (John 8:2-12)
Our basis should always be the Word of God, and we must always aim to look through His eyes and see what He sees.
However, it is important to note that Jesus never said not to judge her. In fact, in the end, he did point out that she was living a life of sin. All that Jesus told the people was not to cast stones if they too have sinned. In short, it wasn’t that they were told to not assess and not judge. They were simply told, in not so many words, to not condemn.
A lot of us look to the example of the Pharisees when we justify the Lord frowning down on judgment. But if you look in the Bible, you will see that the Pharisees were not called out simply because they were judged. Their sin was found in them judging wrongly, as we can see:
Some Pharisees and some teachers of the law came from Jerusalem to see Jesus. They asked, 2 “Why don’t your disciples obey what the elders teach? Your disciples don’t wash their hands before they eat!”
3 Jesus replied, “And why don’t you obey God’s command? You would rather follow your own teachings! 4 God said, ‘Honor your father and mother.’ He also said, ‘Anyone who asks for bad things to happen to their father or mother must be put to death.’ 5 But suppose people have something that might be used to help their parents. You allow them to say it is instead ‘a gift set apart for God.’ 6 So they do not need to honor their father or mother with their gift. You make the word of God useless in order to follow your own teachings. 7 You pretenders! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you. He said,
8 “ ‘These people honor me by what they say. But their hearts are far away from me.
9 Their worship doesn’t mean anything to me.
They teach nothing but human rules.’ ” (Matthew 15:1-9)
Their measure was no longer God’s Word and God’s heart for the people. Their yardstick for measure was now their own righteousness and what they perceived to be true godliness. And that’s what we have to be careful of when it’s our turn to assess. Our basis should always be the Word of God, and we must always aim to look through His eyes and see what He sees.
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