*this is an older post I wrote for my old blog, but I feel that it is important to be revisited at this moment in time for me. You may remember it from months and months ago, but please do read and comment. (: God Bless.
One of the most popular Bible verses is probably Matthew 7:1, “Judge not, or you will be judged.” I’ve heard it quoted the most by people who either fit into two categories – the unsaved, or the Christian who is living in sin and defensive about it. Christian’s who stand their ground and believe in the Bible, and aren’t afraid to talk about things even their opinion isn’t like the worlds, will probably be very familiar with this verse. Very recently, someone quoted it to me. Let me be clear before I get into this post – I am not a judging person. God’s job is to judge, and I will happily leave that to Him, but it is my job to be honest, to share the gospel, and to be loud. I hate to break it to y’all, but Hell is a part of the Bible, sin is part of the Bible, and so is consequence. Just because I talk about God being the judge, and because I am honest about Hell and sin, does not mean I am hateful, holier than thou, or that I’m not a sinner. I sin daily and I fail God daily, that’s why I’m so thankful for grace, and that’s why I’m so passionate about sharing these consequences of sin, because I’ve lived through it and I’ve seen it firsthand. It is a Christian’s job to make these things known and share – we can not lead others to Christ without leading them to repentance, and they can not repent without knowing that their sins are wrong in the eyes of the Lord, even though it’s okay in the eyes of the world. But I will not push my beliefs on anyone, I simply am here to plant the seed, if I’m able.
Matthew 7 King James Version (KJV)
There’s a difference between judging someone and being honest about sin, and living differently than them. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been “judged” for the clothes I wear, the way I speak (or choose not to speak, I should say) and so on. Am I perfect? I am so far from being perfect. I have so many issues, trust me. I don’t trust God enough in areas that I should, I’ve doubted Him and I’ve even doubted my salvation, I’m depressed a lot, I’m anxious, I’ve lied, I’m too quick to anger…but God convicts me, because that’s His job, and with the help of Godly people around me, I come back around to Him again like the prodigal son, and He welcomes me back with opened arms and kisses, just like the father, no matter if I’ve been gone for an hour, or a week, or a month. God is there to judge me, and I know He will continue convicting me and punishing me when I do wrong, because that’s what I deserve. Honestly, I deserve far more than that, I deserve Hell, but Jesus Christ is my intercessor.
So, why am I rambling? I guess my point is this – Christian’s have no right to judge…to a point. When the world thinks of judging, they most likely think of someone disagreeing with their views, or someone standing up for something that they believe in. But you see, Christian’s are actually called to rebuke! Isn’t that in the Bible?
And, my personal favorite for this topic….
See there? We are told to preach, reprove, rebuke and exhort! But I love that last part – we should have patience. In other words, we shouldn’t damn the person or judge them, but we should be able to see their sin, tell them what is wrong and why, and do so with love, patience, and Bible. We should plant the seed, and stay firm. Let us not waver and be a bad example, living in the exact sin that the Bible preaches against.
Living a different life does not mean you are holier than thou, it should mean that you live for Christ, not the world or acceptance from the world.
Preaching the Bible does not mean you are perfect and sinless, it should mean that you know precisely how sin destroys, and that you hate it and want no part of it in your life.
I’ll leave y’all with this – if someone quotes that Bible verse at you, I dare you to show them the context. I dare you to stay firm for Christ, plant the seed, be patient and loving, but be honest. Don’t be afraid of persecution. Just like that Bible says, only God can judge us in that way. Stand for Him, and the opinions of the world shouldn’t matter, because you know that God has you in His hand, and He’s given you salvation. Whom shall we fear?
Keep on keeping on.