We are like umpires at a baseball game in that we lo ve to call balls and strikes on somebody else. It is kind of like if you ask what time it is you will get a whole bunch of answers; some people set their watches ahead, some people set their watches behind. You are going to give the time based upon what your wrist is showing. But if you really want to know what time it is you have to go to Colorado, because the government has an atomic clock in Colorado that gives the official time; if you are in England it is Big Ben. In other words, one source gives the final conclusion on the matter. There is one law keeper.
Here is a question: when you were in school how many times was your paper used as the basis for what was right and what was wrong? None! The teacher had a key for the right and wrong answers. It was the teacher’s standard that became the measuring rod. The problem with judging is that you start using your paper as the measuring rod for other peoples’ grade when you are not the teacher. There are too many Christians using their paper to evaluate if everybody else is okay. Matt 7:1-6 says, “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. 6 Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces” (NKJV).Too many Christians use their own standard to evaluate if every body else is okay instead of God's standard. Click To Tweet
You are suppose to judge, but you are to do it based on God’s standard not your preferences. The issue is always are you judging based on your own standards or God’s standards? Here is the key: when you judge people do you always have the tendency to minimize their good qualities and focus on their negative qualities, and fill in the gap with assumptions? Catch that you minimize the good, focus on the negative, and fill in the gap with assumptions. Whenever you evaluate in using criteria that is not biblical you become a tool for the enemy. Why, because Satan is the master critical judge. This is deep because this is Satan’s m/o: he accuses you to yourself, he accuses you to others, and even has the audacity to accuse you to God. Think about that. Revelation 12:10 reads, “Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, ‘Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ have come for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down’” (NKJV).
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Proverbs 31:9 (NKJV)
Open your mouth, judge righteously, And plead the cause of the poor and needy.
Luke 6:42 (NKJV)
Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.
2 Corinthians 10:12 (NKJV)
For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.