Everyone likes to take, “Judge not, lest you be judged” out of context and make it mean that there can be no correction of wrongdoing.
Here is just one example of the Bible telling us to judge:
“Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God‘s sight to obey you rather than God.” (Acts 4:19b) Here Peter and John are talking to the Elders and Teachers of the Law. They were mad at the disciples because Peter and John had been teaching that Jesus had been raised from the dead, and had also prayed and healed a man who had been lame and could now walk.
I always try to get inside someone’s head: If a guy was unable to walk for 40 years, and then someone came along and healed him, why would that make them mad? They want the guy to stay helpless? Does that make them feel superior and more powerful? I suppose then, as now, people who are insecure feel better by making others feel worse. They had ‘forbidden’ Peter and John from talking anymore about this power of God through Jesus.
Peter and John had to judge, or decide, for themselves. Do I want to obey these men who want to keep their power, keep their control, and keep life as it is? Or do I want to obey God, step out into the unknown, live and exciting life, and see people’s lives changed for the better?
Not such a tough choice, eh?
- Is It Right To Judge ? (knowledgeismywisdom.wordpress.com)
- Peter Heals The Crippled Beggar (brakeman1.com)
- Jesus said, If you believe in me, do my work, what I did on Earth! The Hidden Key to Salvation! (jesusdidthis.wordpress.com)
- Is It Wrong To Judge Others? (rmhic.wordpress.com)