One of the most famous sayings amongst Christians is, “No one can judge me, except God.” This is one of the biggest lies that we have ever told ourselves, and as a result, we have become ineffective in the position that God has placed us in.
A scripture people in the “Don’t Judge Me” Movement use is Matthew 7:12, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure, you use it will be measured to you.” A closer study of this scripture will show that Jesus was not talking about the act of judging but condemning. The difference between the two is the mindset with which we approach judgment.
To judge means merely to evaluate and to determine whether something is right or wrong and to establish rightness or righteousness. To condemn, however, is to label and to pass sentence. As Christians, we can determine what is right and wrong, because we have the Holy Spirit – Who knows all things and searches out all things, even the deep things of God (2 Corinthians 2:10). Therefore, we can know all things and establish the righteousness of God, because we have His righteous nature within us.
However, what makes us move from judging to condemning is that many Christians are fixed minded people. According to Carole Dweck’s book – “Mindset,” there are two types of mindsets – the Fixed Mindset and the Growth Mindset. A fixed minded person labels and condemns. They reject or accept people based on their actions or how they come across, without giving room for repentance. But a growth-minded person judges to bring improvement and positive change. To expound on this further, the Bible tells us that the world’s grieving (judgment) leads to condemnation and death (fixed mindedness), but the grieving (judgment) of the Lord leads to repentance and life (growth mindedness) (2 Corinthians 7: 9 – 10).
Judging is not the problem. In fact, it is our responsibility. In my book, “And they shall be called the Sons of God,” I explained that it is our responsibility as Christians to speak up for the voiceless, to establish equity, to call out the darkness and rebuke unrighteousness. We are to speak out against terrorism, persecution, gender fluidity, sexual perversion, corruption, and discrimination. This, my brothers and sisters, is what it means to judge. If we do not judge, God will judge us.
However, in our judgment, we must remember that it is the world that labels and condemns – leading to death. But as Christians, we should not subscribe to the way the world judges, because we are not of the world. Our judgment is to bring correction, leading to repentance and bringing about positive change. Therefore, I say to you – arise and Judge! For this is your responsibility, says the Spirit of the living God.
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