A Question I Was Asked:

Can You Say Something About Judging Others in the Light of Matthew 7:1 and Luke 6: 37?

Do Matthew 7:1 and Luke 6: 37 only refer to ministers and pastors, or to everybody? Because it seems I have been tested and judged by members of my own family.

UK Apologetics Reply:

Okay, let us look at these Scriptures:

1. "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3. "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4. How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5. You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye. (Matthew 7:1-5).

"Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37, NIV throughout).

These Scriptures refer to everybody, not just to the ministry. It refers to, and is applicable to, all Christians who have the understanding to be able to read these verses. I think we all tend to judge, and even condemn, others far too easily. These verses are in Holy Scripture, in the 'sermon on the mount' therefore Jesus is addressing all Christians, all who would call themselves by His Name. We are not to judge others by the usual worldly standards. Elsewhere, however, we are admonished to use 'righteous judgement.'

"Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly." (John 7:24).

So there will always be judgements, or moral decisions, or choices, to be made but where these concern people they should not be based on those gossipy, tittle-tattle, rumour-mill, 'latest story going around' level but, rather, on sound consideration of all the relevant things to consider. Within this, one could even maybe consider that certain people are maybe not 'cut out' for certain jobs, or roles, or possibly not suited to have a certain question put to them, but this should never be spiteful, or biased, or unfair. Where one feels a more negative decision toward some person or situation has unfortunately to be made, one should always be prepared to give the benefit of the doubt, rather than to rush to some harsh assessment.

Robin A. Brace. February 20th, 2016.