Thursday, May 21, 2015

Why Do Christians Judge

Why Do Christians Judge?


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Why do we judge? Stop for a minute and help me. Why do we judge others? 
  • Does it make us feel better? 
  • Do we need to know everything?
  • Do we just want to be right? 
  • Do we want to impose our opinion on others? 

I really want to know! Because I have to tell you, it is our number one failure as Christians.

If you were to ask non-religious people what they think about Christians, I bet most of them would say, "They are judgement of others." We judge everyone including our brothers and sisters. A good example of this was on Facebook. Two days ago someone hacked into the Gods Not Dead page. Someone put controversial blogs and almost pornography pictures. You should have seen the religious responses:
  • "Shame on you!" 
  • "I am going to un-follow you." 
  • "You will have to answer for actions."

What about saying: "I know you have been here for years posting outstanding articles, you must have been hacked." How about waiting a day and see what happens. It makes me so ashamed.

Why Do We Judge Others?

Don't we know that we represent Jesus here on earth? People do not know Jesus, they know us. If judge, then Jesus must judge. I know I am not perfect, but we need to make a change together. Here is what Jesus says about judging others, so the next time you feel the need to judge someone, remember these verses. 
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye. Matthew 7:1-5 ESV  
“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37 ESV 
Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” John 7:24 ESV 
Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor? James 4:11-12 ESV 
There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor? James 4:12 ESV  
Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Romans 2:1-3 ESV  
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29 ESV
Please take a moment and post why you feel the need to judge others.

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