Righteousness Speaks Wisdom

By: Woody Godbey

I've been writing daily post for a few years now. I write mostly Christian and some political post. Every once in a while I will have someone write me using their favorite verse thinking they are super spiritual, "Judge not, that ye be not judged?" Most of the time this verse of Scripture from Matthew 7:1 is quoted out of context by people who are terrified at the idea of someone preaching against sin or pointing out any form of error in anyone, especially in themselves.

It's like someone voting for a candidate they know is for abortion, same sex marriage and other anti-God doctrines and they try to justify it by saying something like, "Well, we aren't supposed to judge." Imagine that! Choosing NOT to judge a political candidate on Election Day! No wonder our nation is in such a mess! Why do Christians think they won't be held accountable for their vote if they know what their candidate stands for? That's another post!
As for Matthew 7:1, the context (verses 1-5) allows judging after you have first judged YOURSELF. Jesus did not make a blanket statement against judgment. He simply pointed out a RULE for judging.

If you read the Scriptures in context, you will find out that God expects His people to judge. In fact, according to Scripture you are sinning against God if you refuse to judge! The same is true of you judge wrongfully! Let me give you just a few of the many Scriptures concerning this subject.

"The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of judgment." (Psa. 37:30) A righteous person will talk of judgment. He will not REFUSE to judge. He will talk judgment.
"Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken. Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph." (Amos 5:14-15) How can you hate the evil and love the good if you refuse to judge? You can't. You are SINNING when you refuse to judge.

Our generation is well described in Isaiah 59:8: "The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goes therein shall not know peace." People have refused to judge, so there is no peace.

Paul said in I Corinthians 1:10 to ". . . be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment." Why would Paul make such a statement if judging is wrong? In I Corinthians 2:15 Paul says, "But he that is spiritual judge all things, yet he himself is judged of no man." Judging is not a sin; judging is a characteristic of being a spiritual person! Satan has been lying to us, hoping that we will NOT judge, because he knows that the right kind of judgment PLEASES God and betters our lives and Christian service.

Someone may be asking, "But should we judge PEOPLE?" Yes, we certainly should. Paul actually REBUKES the Corinthians for NOT judging: "Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? 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 matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? How much more things that pertain to this life? If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. 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?" (I Cor. 6:1-5) If judging is wrong, then Paul needs to confess and repent for misleading these Christians! He clearly told them to JUDGE PEOPLE.

If judging people is wrong, how can we obey Romans 16:17-18? II Corinthians 6:17? II Timothy 3:5-6? I John 4:1? Friend, if judging is wrong, then God has contradicted Himself and His words cannot be trusted and we know that's not so!
Notice Malachi 3:18: "Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serves God and him that serves him not." WOW! Does that sound like it is wrong to judge?

What about Revelation 2:2? " I know thy works, and thy labor, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:" Why would the Lord be pleased with these Christians if judging was wrong? Is it not impossible to find someone a "liar" without judging them?
If the Bible is clear about anything, it is clear about the importance of judging on a regular basis in order to properly serve and honor God. To ignore this fact is to ignore all of the Scripture just presented and also the rest of the Bible. God expects us to judge.

God has so many guidelines when it comes to judging. And do not read something into this that's not there. I don't go around judging people, I have a hard enough time with myself. But I don't mind letting the people know when people in high places are leading them astray. In John 7:24 Jesus tells us to judge RIGHTEOUS judgment. This can only be done by following the guidelines that God has established in His word.

The number one rule for me out of many is to judge biblically. The Bible says in Isaiah 8:20, "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." Our standard is God's word, not our feelings, our traditions, or our opinions. Right and wrong should always be determined by God's word.

There are many other guidelines when it comes to judging but I don't have the time to share them all. I only want those who read my post to know that I am using Gods Rules of judgment and no way am I trying to say that I am some righteous prophet. I am the greatest of sinners and I judge myself daily. But as a Christian we should point out the great sin that is going on in America and those who support it. Abortion and same sex marriage is just two of the many sins America will be judged for. And by the way, righteous indignation doesn't mean you hate someone. I believe all judgement should be done out of love for God and His Word.

One last thing. The Scriptures are clear that if I know someone is doing wrong and I do not warn them, then their blood is on my hands. Ezekiel 3:18 says, "When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou gives him not warning, nor speaks to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

I will always try to answer my critics in a kind and loving way. I will always do my best to love the sinner and hate the sin. I love God and His Kingdom, I love America and I will stand up for both! God Bless!