I believe that Matthew 7:1 may be one of the most misused Bible verses. That verse says, “Judge not, lest ye be judged”(for more on what Jesus had to say about not judging others, read verses 1-5). Many Christians are constantly telling other believers, “You can’t judge”. When all that person may be saying is, “It’s wrong to be gay,” or, “We shouldn’t gossip.” Other times people may say this when they are confronted about their wrong behavior. They do this because they want to continue doing it, even though they may very well know they shouldn’t. It’s okay for us to kindly tell another fellow believer in Christ what they’re doing is wrong, as long as we don’t act the same way. It really frustrates me whenever people will misuse the word, judge.
Say for example, I were to tell my friend how wrong it is to steal, when in fact, I do the same thing. When Jesus told us not to judge, he doesn’t want us to point out someone else’s wrong doings if we are doing the same thing. He also was trying to tell us that we shouldn’t jump to conclusions in a situation where we don’t have all the facts. If we don’t have all the facts, we’re being judgmental. In fact, the Bible tells us to judge righteously:
“Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”-John 7:24
If we have all the facts and aren’t’ committing the same sin, it’s okay to judge them. That’s what Jesus calls judging righteously. But, before you point out someone’s wrong doing’s, first evaluate your life.
What are your thoughts on this post? Do you know of any verses that are often misinterpreted?