Am I suppose to judge? That is a question many people ask themselves. On the other hand, some always complain,” Don’t judge me” while others always say, “Hey, no judgment here”. Is this how things are suppose to be? No, it’s not. Should you not judge who you choose as friends? Should you not judge with whom your children socialize? Should you not judge between anything being wrong or right?
Let’s understand that the word has several meanings but for this post, let’s analyze the two most relevant definitions.
1. Judge– to assess, critique, and evaluate. For example, when there is a competition, the judges have to give an assessment, critique, and evaluation of the participants activities in the competition or in a court case whereas the jurors determine a person’s innocence or guilt by assessing, critiquing, and evaluating the evidence.
2. Judge- to issue consequences in the form of rewards or punishment for acceptable or unacceptable behavior. For example, the same judges we examined above who had to provide an assessment, critique, and evaluation of the participants activities will at the conclusion of the competition give awards to those who had the highest scores on their assessment, critique, and evaluation or in a court case once the jurors determine a person’s innocence or guilt, then the judge issues the consequences.
The bible tells us to judge (assess, critique, and evaluate). Here are a few scriptures.
John 7:24 Judge (assess, critique, and evaluate) not according to the appearance, but judge (assess, critique, and evaluate) with righteous judgment.
Luke 7:40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?
43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged (assessed, critiqued, and evaluated).
I Corinthians 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth (assesses, critiques, and evaluates) all things, yet he himself is judged (assessed, critiqued, or evaluated) of no man.
However, we shouldn’t judge (issue consequences) except when we are in a place of authority. In those cases, we actually implement both definitions.
1. Judge (issue consequences) not, that ye be not judged (have consequences issued).
2. For with what judgment(consequence) ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure(amount/type of consequence) ye mete (allot, distribute), it shall be measured (issued/distributed) to you again.
I Corinthians 6:1-5
1. Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
2. Do ye not know that the saints shall judge (assess, critique, evaluate & issue consequences) to the world? and if the world shall be judged (assessed, critiqued, and evaluated and have consequences issued) by you, are ye unworthy to judge (assess, critique, evaluate & issue consequences) to the smallest matters?
3. Know ye not that we shall judge (assess, critique, evaluate & issue consequences) to the angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
4. If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge (assess, critique, evaluate & issue consequences) those who are least esteemed in the church.
5. I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge (assess, critique, evaluate & issue consequences) between his brethren?