In this world, we can look around and see shirts and tattoos and hats and signs which read: “Only God can judge me.” This statement is true but it is not exactly true by the way this attitude that exudes from most people. Is this statement just a way for folks to do what they want to without you and I saying anything? Do people really believe this? Do I believe this? Let’s take a few moments to study this statement.
Some, with Biblical knowledge, may say that the Bible says “Judge not!” this is found in Matthew 7:1. First of all, Psalm 119:160 states that the SUM of thy word is truth. The word sum is a term of mathematics- the total. In Matthew 7:1 we are told not to judge. When you and I continue to read Matthew 7:2-5, the judgment mentioned is unrighteous judgment. This unrighteous judgment is based on the standard being ME! In John 7:24, Matthew 7:16-20,
1 Thessalonians 5:21 and 1 John 4:1, we are actually commanded by God to judge properly.
It is mandatory to judge things in our life in order to follow the Laws of God. We must be able to see and understand right from wrong and choose correctly. As a matter of fact, in order for you and I to determine what sin is, we must judge it. Take a few moments to read the following: Matthew 19:3-9, Romans 1:26-32, Luke 14:1, Titus 3:10-11, 1 Corinthians 5:12,6:2-5, 10:15, 1 Timothy 1:3-4, 6:5,etc… A proper standard of Judgment is the key! We are required to judge with the standard of God as the ultimate authority of humanity.
How do I rectify all of these things together? Here is the one question that will pull it all together: Am I judging to save a soul or to get a person told? By judging any other way than to save a soul, I have taken over as the authority and I have removed God. God help us to judge righteously.