by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies – Bible In The Home | Do We Have Permission to Judge?
Editor’s note: Is this really judging or just good parenting with some wisdom of the dangers lurking about? There is a lot in the original article that seems to confuse using wisdom or common sense with judging or judgmentalism right along side judging others for a long laundry list of vague stuff.
WE CAN’T PARENT WITHOUT JUDGING
What about parenting? It is impossible to adequately parent without judging. One of the primary purposes of parents is to teach their children the difference between right and wrong and to teach them how to judge correctly.
Do you let your children do whatever they want to do? No. When your children run near a high cliff, you urgently call them to come away from that dangerous place. You warn your little ones to not touch the hot stove, to not play with sharp knives, to not walk near the high cliff, and so on. We constantly teach and warn to protect our children and show them the right way to live.
Genesis 18:17-19 tells us how God felt about Abraham: “And the Lord said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do: . . . For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment, that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.” God’s purpose is for us to teach our children to understand and also execute justice and judgment. Without these two God-like attributes they cannot live purposeful and successful lives.
The Bible gives us an opposite example from Abraham in the parenting of Eli. God said: “For I have told him that I will judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not“ (1 Samuel 3:13).