Actually, Jesus said to judge


“You can’t judge me!”

The logic goes something like this. Yeah, I just did that bad thing, but you’re not perfect. So, you have no right to point out that bad thing I just did.

Sounds fair. Who wants to be preached at by Kanye about showing some humility? Talked down to by Alec Baldwin on controlling your temper? Given a lesson on fiscal responsibility by anyone associated with the federal government?

The logic follows, though, that as long as I can point out your faults I have a guilt-free card since there are no perfect people. Should we continue on this thread, that means we have no use for rules, jails, or any form of law enforcement. That doesn’t make sense, of course, so we need a judge who is faultless. And it’s a good thing we have one.

For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man.
(John 5:26-27 ESV)

This isn’t the Jesus we typically want to see. To our detriment, we prefer the feathered hair, placid-faced Jesus in the popular paintings hanging in your grandma’s hallway; you know, the one where he’s looking up to a corner. That’s Nice Jesus. Pal Jesus. Nonthreatening Jesus.

Jesus was full of grace, yes, but he had little patience for people who refused to “get it.” That was typically because their blindness came from their focus on something else, such as when disciples were drawn to seats of power in His kingdom.

The Bible has a lot to say about judgement, such as don’t call out someone else without realizing your own sinfulness. That doesn’t mean when you see a friend headed down a wrong path you don’t do something; it just means to recognize your own faults too and treat the situation with the appropriate grace. Being silent does neither party good.


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