The most misquoted verse in the Bible is probably Matthew 7:1, “Judge not that ye be not judged.”Very often we have heard sincere, misinformed Christians and unbelievers alike say, “I don’t want to judge anybody, but…” Ironically, the one who screams “judge not” is often the one passing judgment on you!
Some Bible Verses on Judging
“Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.” (Prov 31:9)
“But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.” (1 Cor 2:15)
“Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?” (1 Cor 6:3)
Jesus commended Simon, “Thou hast rightly judged.” (Luke 7:43)
There are many other such verses which deal with judgement.
If there were no judgment…All the prisons would be empty and thieves, serial killers, drug dealers, murderers etc would be loose in your neighborhood. You could not discipline your children and teach them not to steal, lie, do drugs, or give in to peer pressure.You could not judge any false doctrine and would have to allow it to be taught in your Church
Most often, those who tell you “not to judge” them do so because they want to hide some sin or continue practising it.A caring, loving Christian will judge all situations according to the Word of God and call sinners to repentance.The church has become intimidated by the opinions of the world as they scream, “You religious bigots, hatemongers, and intolerant people (which are judgments in themselves), do not judge me!” However, God clearly commands us to judge.
Why would the command to judge be so vehemently attacked in society? Obviously, if the church stops judging and deciding what is right and wrong, we will no longer be able to distinguish good from evil, we will buy into the politically correct idea of moral relativism (what’s good for you may not be good for me).
So how are we to judge?We are to judge righteously(John 7:24) and without hypocrisy.Live what you preach.