Judge Not That Ye Be Not Judged
Matthew 7:1 – 5
The problem with hypocrites is that they cannot see other people’s problems clearly because their discernment is skewed by their own sin. Jesus doesn’t call his followers to give up judging completely; he tells them to remove the plank – remove the sin that is skewing their discernment – and then help the other person carefully, prayerfully, and humbly. The next time we hear the phrase “judge not,” we should pause to evaluate the intent of the message. If someone is using the phrase in the sense of “mind your own business,” then they are simply repeating a popular misunderstanding of Jesus’ words. But if they mean, “Be careful when you judge,” then it might be worth listening to what they have to say.
Nijay K. Gupta