Thursday, June 16, 2011

Judge Lest Ye Be Judged

So this morning I was watching Tyler Perry's House of Payne... the 13 year old kid brought home his girlfriend, also 13. She was pregnant. And the uncle on the show is like "awe hell naw" - this show is meant to be humorous. Anyways, here he is passing judgment on this  young girl, the parents freak out until they find out their son isn't the father, etc. The uncle sits there treating her like the scum of the universe.

Later on the mother comes to pick the girl up, and we find out she was raped  by her stepfather. OUCH. And she has kept the baby... pretty noble sacrifice I think.

This situation reminds me so much of how many holier than thou Christians try to act. So quick to judge a situation one knows little to nothing about. Matthew 7:1 clearly states: 1Judge not, that ye be not judged. Now I'm aware of the entire passage, and that many times this passage is taken out of context for the left to say Christians aren't supposed to judge.

I get that the bible doesn't say specifically we aren't supposed to judge PERIOD - it says we shouldn't judge hypocritically. However, taking a more middle-of-the-road stance on the bible, that it is transcribed by man - possibly inspired by God - and that the translations could be erroneous, and that the scriptures are taken out of context a lot, I prefer to think God wouldn't want us to sit around and judge anyone. It is God's place, not mine, to pass judgment and to convict. And so, for my personal beliefs, I choose to not pass judgment on anyone. Especially when I don't know the whole story. I'd rather er on the side of caution, taking a more loving approach. And personally, I find it rather hypocritical to talk about God's love, and being Christ-like, and then turning around to pass judgment, convict, or condemn someone. I also see a difference in judging one another, and talking to someone about Christ in a loving way... a way that doesn't condemn them, but allows the opportunity for God to convict them as he sees fit.

1 John 4:7-10

4:7 Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been fathered by God and knows God. 4:8 The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 4:9 By this the love of God is revealed in us: that God has sent his one and only Son into the world so that we may live through him. 4:10 In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

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