You’re judging me; Jesus said, “Thou shalt not judge.”

This is what people cry as soon as you point to their sin. “You’re judging me! The bible says you shouldn’t judge others!” In fact, the Bible says we can judge if our own house is in order. (More on this later.) Second, it is not us, per se, who are doing the judging; it is the Word of God. Note:

The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Heb 4:12-13)

Jesus said you can judge but only after you’ve cleaned up your own act. His words, “do not judge so that you will not be judged,” (Matt 7:1) need to be taken in context. He defines judgment with a humorous illustration:

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye, but don’t see the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take that speck out of your eye,’ while you’ve got a log sticking out of your own eye?”

Jesus said that before you judge someone, I.e., point out their fault, “first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of (judge) your brother’s eye.” The fact of the matter is, people hate a flashlight being shined on their wrongdoing.

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God. (John 3:19)

Listen up, Christians: It isn’t our business to go around “judging” sinners; they stand condemned already. We should be seeking to bring them to Christ, not condemn them for doing the same things we did ourselves. Even Solomon said, “Be not overly righteous, and do not make yourself too wise. Why should you destroy yourself?” (Ecc 7:16) Within the church, however, we are to be our brother’s keeper (1 Cor 5:12).