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Judgment and Lawlessness Within Our Secular World
I have often run across many varying views on judgment and what it truly means to judge. I especially hear many people in the secular world refer to judging another's actions like it’s a plague. I have heard, “I’m gonna do what I wanna do, but don’t judge me.” However, does not every man and woman judge? How does a person get through life without making judgments? Unless a person is in a comatose state or severely brain damaged, they will be making judgments. We are warned against hypocritical judgment in God’s Word. However, we are also given guidelines on judging. We need to be careful on this matter. When we judge, we are to judge wisely and righteously, as to not condemn a person. Get ready, because this article is full of judgments! This article discusses lawlessness and Biblical guidelines on making judgments within our world.
When a Christian judges, they are often deemed as haters and told by non-Christians not to judge others. While we are not to be hypocrites, we are still to use judgment. Jesus spoke of hypocrisy in the Bible, and He did warn against judging someone else as a means if diverting away from our own sin. Let's read what He said.
“1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye” (KJV, Matthew 7:1-5).
Some say that we must not have any sin in our own lives before we begin pointing out another's sin, but I say that this will never happen. More power to the person who lives by this standard! This is not what Jesus is implying in these verses. He is implying that when we call attention to someone else’s sin, we must make sure that we are not doing this to divert from our own sin, but that we are doing this to glorify God. And, we should also do this out of love for one another. Let’s look at the Biblical definition of the word 'hypocrite'. “The word generally denotes one who pretends to be religious when he is not. Hypocrisy was the besetting sin of the Pharisees, and was severely condemned by our Lord.” (Bible Dictionary, King James Bible)
I have been a witness too many times to others who claim to be nonjudgmental, while they continually judge others' clothing, social status, looks, etc. Now, it is true that we all do this to some degree, but it is when we see behavioral changes such as ostracizing others from a group, making belittling remarks to one another, slandering one another, etc., that this truly becomes unrighteous judgment.
One of the major problems with the world in these times that we live in is lawlessness. Being nonjudgmental does not mean turning a blind eye to sin, whether it be your own or someone else’s sin. What I mean by 'lawlessness' is this “anything goes” attitude. The idea that, “We should love one another’s differences, even if it’s sinful!” This is what I like to call, wrong! We are not to condemn someone, and we are not to judge another unfairly. However, those who are in Christ and born of the Holy Spirit are given special instruction by the Holy Spirit to judge. For we have the Spirit and Mind of Christ. How would man know what is right or wrong, if there was no judgment? Let’s take another look at what the Bible says about judging.
“12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ” (KJV, 1 Corinthians 2:12-16).
I have heard more and more people within about the last four years make statements to others about judging, and this occurs many times when someone points out a behavior of an individual as being wrong. One such example is the act of abortion. Now, I don’t want to get started on the opinions of this particular subject, but I want to use this as an example. This is truly the taking of a life, and such a person who is in the Holy Spirit of Christ would definitely see this as wrong. Poles show that most Americans believe that the woman has the right to abort her fetus, while many of these Americans believe that abortion is acceptable only in some cases.
Poles on Abortion
It seems to me that this state of lawlessness that we are now in these days gives the message, “do what you want and do what you feel, but don’t judge me or anyone else. Their way may not be your way, but that’s okay. You haven’t walked in my shoes!” We have all heard this type of statement, and I guarantee that this is not what the Bible is inferring. While it is true that we all have different ways of doing things and have had different life experiences, if something is sinful, it is not okay. This is where this form of lawlessness comes into affect. Like I said before, not judging one another does not mean turning a blind eye to sin.
"Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment" (John 7:24).
Here are a few more verses from the Bible speaking about judging within the Church. It speaks of division within the Church and how we are to judge even the angels! If we are to judge the angels then how small these trivial things amongst believers. The Apostle Paul says that if we think it of great importance, then go before the unbelievers and allow them to judge. Paul is speaking against the disputes among brethren within the Church. It is clear that he is trying to make a point. We saints do judge the world, so why the division among brethren? We should consider how trivial these matters truly are. I have seen this recently among brethren more than once, and it truly is Satan’s way of causing division and quarrels among believers. In adhering to the subject material of this article, I wanted to point out that we DO judge, especially as believers of Christ. There is such a thing as righteous judgment.
"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 the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matter?
3 Know ye not that we shall judge 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 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 between his brethren?
6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.
7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?
8Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God" (KJV, 1 Corinthians 6:1-11).
Judge with Righteous Judgment
If we are in the Holy Spirit and read God’s Written Word, we truly know right from wrong. This does not mean that we, even as believers, will adhere to doing right all of the time. We all fall short of the Glory of God. Even believers sin, but willful sinning is another case entirely.
If a person is stealing all of the time, they are probably a thief. If a person is lying quite frequently, they are probably a liar. If a person is known to fornicate consistently, they are probably practicing whoredom. And, yes, the word 'whore' is used in the Bible. It is what it is. The Bible, despite what many nonbelievers say, is full of common sense. The current times are so immoral, and people have gotten so far away from Jesus and the Bible, that there is not a lot of common sense in this day and age. And, yes, I DO believe that the lack of common sense is a result of lawlessness. God calls us to be alert and sensible, and sensibility has gone right down the drain! It’s hard to believe many of the things in the news nowadays! Here is a short clip of some of the ridiculous occurrences of 2010.
No Common Sense
Another argument is on the occurrence of gay marriage. The Bible clearly states that this is wrong and unnatural. Here are some Scriptures on the subject of homosexuality.
“They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator-- who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion” (NIV, Romans 1:25-27).
“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (NIV, 1st Corinthians 6:9-11).
There are so many people today who do not abide by God’s Law, therefore they exhibit the lawlessness of these times. This is not only in reference to homosexual offenders but the bulk of the population who perceives that it is okay. It is true that it is a person’s own personal choice, but that does not make it right. It is a sinful act and lifestyle that has become widely accepted throughout the world, especially within our own country (USA). Poles show that most Americans approve of same sex marriage.
Poles on Same Sex Marriage
It is true that we must all try to get along in this world, but this does not mean sacrificing God as the head of our lives. We must always remember that God has sovereign control of all. We must always remember the sacrifice that was made by Jesus on the cross and remember to follow His Word. It is rebellion against the one, true God that causes division within the world. Here is some Scripture to support this.
34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law
36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household” (NIV, Matthew 10:34-36).
We are to follow God’s commands and use righteous judgment. Does this mean judging people’s actions? Yes. Does this mean judging our own actions? Yes. Does this mean condemning someone? No. Remember to continue to spread the good news of Jesus to all! If holding firmly to God’s Law means bringing a sword upon the earth, then so be it! Follow Jesus. He truly is who He says He is. He is the Son of the Most High God!