Some few years ago, I started noticing a trend among secular pundits. Now, unfortunately, it seems to have invaded Christian thought as well. This trend is, on its surface, a Christian tenet; however, when you dig deep and look at the motivation, it’s only a thinly-veiled attempt to justify following one’s own will rather than God’s will.
I’m speaking about the trend to take Matthew 7:1 out of context. This verse is likely now the most favorite verse, replacing the beloved John 3:16. Because rather than John’s words about God’s love for us, people now love Matthew’s directive to “Judge not”!
If we take this verse to mean that we should not judge others, we fall into gross error, for that is not the meaning of this verse at all. Were this the case, it would directly contradict other scriptures that speak of the value of being rightfully judged when we are in error. Continue reading