I've been thinking about this post for quite some time. It seems like it is something people struggle with - the "Judge Me....Judge Me Not" idea. It seems that this topic isn't just a problem with non-Christians, but also with Christians. So, let's have a look at the scriptures and see what they have to say about judging others.
This scripture is probably the most quoted of all when it comes to judging others. Christians use it as a way to not get too involved in the lives of others and non-Christians use it in defense of their sinful lifestyles (not sinful by "my" standards or by "your" standards, but by the standards of God....lined out in His Word.)
But, when you read this passage carefully, you will see that it is not saying that we can not judge, but that by the same measure we judge others, we will also be measured. In other words, if I judge and condemn others, but yet fail to look at the sin and problems in my own life, then I'm being hypocritical and will be judged severely.
Those who cry out, "Don't judge me!" are, in fact, judging the person they are crying out against! Have you ever thought about that before?? So, "Judge Me Not" isn't really that simple, is it?
We know that God is the ultimate judge of our souls. Even Jesus didn't come to judge, but to save. There is no disputing that fact. His Word plainly teaches that God will judge the hearts of everyone. He will judge our motives. He will judge our actions and our deeds.
Other scriptures tell us to judge others very plainly. When telling others about Jesus and how He died on the cross to forgive them of their sins, we are pointing out the need for Jesus. We are pointing out sin in their lives (and hopefully recognizing it in our own lives.). The judgement that God's Word tells us to pass on others is the judgement of those who are already professing to be Christians. Read the following passage:
"Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.”