by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies – Bible In The Home | Do We Have Permission to Judge?
Editor’s note: Stumbled upon this reading through the comment section on one of John Piper’s postings online. It’s breathtakingly awful that there are Christians out there that think that judging others is Godly considering the words of Jesus warn not to judge. How do you go from being warned that to judge others invites the judge of God on yourself to ‘Judge Others All The Time’? That’s some seriously wacked out spiritual limbo Nancy Campbell is engaging in using the name of ‘God’. Can you just feel the love?
WE ARE CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE TO JUDGE
Because we are created in the likeness and image of God we also have divinely within us a sense of justice and judgment. If we refuse to embrace this, we are not walking in the image of God. It is innately within us to judge. In fact we judge constantly throughout the day. We decide whether we will do one thing or the other and we use discernment to choose which is the best thing to do. We constantly decide to choose the right way or the wrong way. We live in dreamland if we say that we never judge. In fact, even those who quote the mantra, “Judge not,” are judging those who judge sin.
Although we have been given the capacity to judge, we only understand true justice and judgment as we understand and know God (Proverbs 1:1-3 and Proverbs 29:26). It is God who gives us true understanding of judgment. We read an example of this when God gave Solomon wisdom regarding the two women fighting over who the live baby belonged to (1 Kings 3:16-28). Verse 28 says, “And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God in him, to do judgment.”
Psalm 94:16: “Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?” This does not sound like tolerance. This sounds like judging and dealing with sin.
The psalmist in Psalm 119:121 confessed: “I have done justice and righteousness.”
Proverbs 4:5, 6 (NLT): “Get wisdom; develop good judgment. Don’t forget my words or turn away from them. . . . Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can d o! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.“