“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:1-5
What would happen in your church if a known murderer walked in? Would you want to be seen with a man who had an affair with the wife of one of his best friends? Would you let a prostitute into your church? Would people stare at someone covered in tattoos? You are hosting a party for the wealthiest people in your town, what would be your reaction when if homeless person wants to come in?
Would the murderer who also committed adultery be allowed to lead your church? Probably not! Yet, I’m describing David, who was described by the author of Acts in chapter 13 verse 22 like this, “After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.”
The Apostle Paul wrote much of the New Testament, yet at one time he was one of the most zealous persecutors of Christians. Rahab from the Old Testament was a prostitute that protected the Israelite spies in Jericho.
Would we have recognized Jesus? Would we today? Jesus is the homeless person that I asked about earlier. Matthew 8:20 shows this when Jesus replied to a teacher of the law, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
We are all guilty of judging others. Many like to justify their judgment based on the severity of sin according to men. Are there people who live lifestyles that I disagree with, and are their actions sinful? Yes, but then I’m reminded of this, “But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
God gave Moses 10 Commandments, and my pride puffs up that I have broken all of them. Ask yourself these questions:
Have I ever put anything before God?
Have I ever misused His name?
Do I keep the Sabbath?
Have I ever dishonored my parents?
Have I committed murder? Some of you say absolutely not, but have you according to Jesus in Matthew 5 starting with verse 21?
Have I ever committed adultery? Again, I defer to the words of Jesus in Matthew 5 verse 27
Have I ever stolen anything or told a lie?
Have I ever coveted anything that anyone else has?
It is not our place to judge. Jesus said to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Jesus didn’t say love your neighbor unless. He did say, “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the same measure you use, it will be measured against you.” (Matthew 7:1-2)
The only people that Jesus scolded were the pious religious teachers. When we judge others we risk being those same pious people that Jesus scolded. I’m humbled when I think about his love for me despite all that I have done wrong and all that I will do wrong in the future.
“Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgement on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you – who are you to judge your neighbor.” James 4:11-12