Who Are We to Judge?

Is there anything more pleasant than discussing someone else's faults? This shouldn't be so, especially for Christians, but it seems to be widely regarded as an acceptable form of entertainment. Is it any surprise that most TV sitcoms are built around people tearing each other down, either behind their backs or right to their face? It's terribly funny on TV, not at all funny in real life, especially if you are the person being degraded. In three words, blunt and absolute, Jesus commanded us, "Do not judge" (Matt. 7:1). But did he really mean that we should never judge others? He goes on to suggest that it's not the act of judging but the attitude with which we do it that God is most concerned about²"For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged" (7:2). There are other Scriptures that either cloud or shed light on the issue. But if we can¶t judge, no teacher would grade a student's paper; no one will go to the jail. And, when you come to think of it, nobody would ever forgive anyone for wrongs he had done; we only forgive people for what we blame them, and we blame them only after we have judged them. I would suggest that, in our day and age, we need more²not less² judgment. Why? Because, our culture tells us, we are all flawed people, and people with flaws have no right to judge other people's flaws. Furthermore, modern Americans do not believe that there are objective standards by which to judge. And where there are no standards, there is nothing by which to measure behavior. There are two different ways people judge you. First is like serious judgments with a lot of considerations. Second is ³children¶s judgments´ I called it like that because it¶s a judgment that being affected by personal feelings or other factors. When a person judges, she also forms an opinion. But an opinion is not necessarily the same as a judgment. Opinions are often framed by our fears, pride, or ignorance. If all we had were human opinions, we might agree with those who say we should never judge. Judgments are opinions that we form only after we have made a serious effort to know the facts. Any lazy or biased fool can have opinions; making judgments is the hard work of responsible and compassionate people. For all of these reasons, common sense indicates that Jesus could not have meant that we are never to make judgments on what people, including ourselves, are up to. So, most likely, Jesus meant, "Do not judge at all if you judge others the way the Pharisees do. If you do judge people this way, you will be judged with the same severity." Jesus' intent comes out in his metaphor of motes and beams (Matt. 7:3) that we are sinful people who will ourselves, one day, come under judgment. Bob Packwood said: "Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment." Don¶t be afraid on making a judgment but you need to be extra careful. If you wrong, considered it as a part of learning process. may my speech can be useful for all of you

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