Passing Judgment on Others

     As humans, we can see someone and make a judgment about that person based off looks, attitude, and the way they talk, etc.  A good example of this is to see someone holding a sign asking for money and you think, 
“That person is a bum! They just want my money to buy alcohol or drugs. They need to get a job!”  
     This might not be the case at all. They might be going through a situation that has caused them a financial hardship. 

     At church recently we had a discussion that really made me think. The discussion was none of us are perfect. We all have our own type of sins in our life. We as Christians shouldn’t be passing judgment on others. I’ve seen church-goers say: 
“I can’t believe so and so is attending church! They cheated on their spouse!” or “I can’t believe so and so is at church, you wouldn’t believe the criminal record they have!”  
     What gives us the right to judge others for their sins when we have our own sins? There’s a saying my family uses that goes “Sweep around your own porch before you sweep around mine”. This basically means, take a look at your own life before you judge someone else. The bible provides some great scripture on this issue as well.  Matthew 7:1-5 says, 
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye', when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. 
John 8:1-8 states, 
“but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.”
     Next time you catch yourself about to judge someone, remember what the bible says about passing judgment. When you see that person at church, welcome them with open arms, not judgment. Leave the judging to God. 

     I’d like to know from our readers if you have ever judged someone or have been judged? I’ll admit I’ve been guilty of both. Leave your answers in the comments below.

Robert is a blogger at Christian Pals Blog. He likes to read,
play video games, collect bow ties, and watch Alabama Crimson Tide Football


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