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Someone has called Matthew 7:1 “America’s verse”: “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” In popular talk, “Don’t judge” is an excuse to do whatever we please, with a vague sense of divine approval. By that standard, if we want to do something we know is wrong, all we have to do is trot out the old “Jesus said, ‘Don’t judge’” line. Works great.
But let’s be clear. You better believe God does judge. Some actions and attitudes are right, and others are wrong. And God not only judges, he assigns blessings and curses based on what he decides. But only he decides. So yes, let’s not pretend to judge another soul’s eternal standing. But God has made a point of showing us what actions and attitudes are right and which are wrong. He’s even shown us where judgment ends. So doesn’t it make sense for us to learn the judge’s thoughts on the matter?
Copyright 2007, 2013, A. Milton Stanley