The Problem with Judgement

In the Bible, Jesus seems to have a lot to say about judging others, although His message is pretty simple–don’t do it.

“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?”
-Matthew 7:1-3

Throughout the gospel, we repeatedly see Jesus chastise religious leaders for standing in judgment over the people, and it’s obvious the He wasn’t happy with the habit. Why then, does the issue of “judgmental Christians” continue to mar the reputation of believers?

The real problem with being judgmental is how it separates us from others and adopts an Us vs. Them mentality. This mindset is completely contrary to God’s word and salvation. Jesus died for all of us, yet our judgement of other people detracts from their value as human beings also created in God’s image.

Judgment is the antithesis of grace. When we judge others, we refuse to extend the same love God has graciously bestowed upon us. To stand in judgment over others is to say that our sins are less bad and their sins are far worse. It is idolatry to approach our faults in such a way that we feel comforted and obtain our self-worth from the idea that we are “better” than those whom we judge.

Jesus tells us to take on a completely opposite mindset. We are to regard our own sins as great planks and the sins of others as mere specks. That’s as it should be, considering that our sins are the only ones we can turn away from and change.

Judgment is a broad and common habit among people, whether or not they are believers. How will you commit to a life lived in God’s love and free from judging others? Head over to our Facebook page and let us know!