by Zsuzsanna Anderson from her blog Are They All Yours? – On Judging, Hating and Name Calling
Editor’s note: So apparently Nancy Campbell is not the only Quiverfull Evangelical that will admit to judging people and claiming it’s Biblical and what God designed them to do. Steven L. Anderson’s wife Zsuzsanna thinks the exact same way. Not surprised because it seems like the ones that are the most judgmental usually find Bible verses to support their own not so nice behaviors. Zsuzsanna also thinks it’s okay to openly hate others and call them names.
The word “judge” occurs a total of 191 times in the Bible, so I’m guessing it’s a word God likes to use.
God is not saying that we should never judge. He is saying that we should not judge a matter unless we are willing to have someone else judge us on that same matter. For instance, I can say that murder is wrong, which is a judgmental statement. Any time they like, people are welcome to tell me that I am wrong if I commit murder. They can mete me by the same measure that I set forth, and be justified in doing so.
Matthew 7:2 – For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
God, in fact, commands us to judge all throughout the Bible, such as in this verse:
Joh 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
An entire book of the Bible is called judges. God instituted a government based on judges. I would like to ask all those who write to me and say that judging is always wrong if they think we should get rid of all the judges in this country, as well as the judicial branch altogether. Obviously, that would be utter foolishness.
Furthermore, we are not limited to only judging those areas of life that we are blameless in. For example, I have taught our children that telling a lie is wrong, in spite of the fact that I have lied many times. But if they called me on it, I would have to admit that, yes, I am a liar like everyone else, and yes, I am wrong for that.
The parable that Jesus uses in that favorite passage is about someone having a mote in their eye. Jesus doesn’t say not to pull the mote out (= judge them), but rather to remove the beam from our own eye first and then help the other person (=judge them). To go back to my example, I have never put a post up here saying how wretched and disgusting it is to even tell a single lie, because I, like all other human beings, have lied.But I have never killed my children by way of abortion, IVF, or any other processes that end the life of a child after conception. I have never murdered anyone else, either. I have never dropped my kids off in daycare to pursue a career. I have never been, nor ever will be, a sodomite. So if I speak out against any of these issues, I am willing to be judged by those exact same standards.
My final remark on this point is that a statement such as “You are a judgmental, bigoted [expletive]”, some variation of which I receive daily, is judgmental. Only a judgmental person can accuse me of being judgmental, after judging me to be so. Hence, they are also a hypocrite, because they think it is ok for them to do something that they are telling me is wrong to do.
Judging is NOT wrong, and I challenge anyone to send me a Bible verse proving me wrong – excluding the ones above that I just disproved.
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