By Karen Polich

“I’m a Christian, so I shouldn’t judge.”

If we aren’t to judge, how can we make wise decisions or hold anyone accountable?

Don’t judge? Not so fast. It is not that simple. Jesus tells us to be careful. We need guidance and discernment that come only from Him.

Pastor Michael M. Cook’s sermon series Dumb Things Christians Say examines what Jesus says about this. Listen to the podcast here. Matthew 7: 1-6, 1 Corinthians 5:11-12

Three reasons judging other people is dangerous.
1. We often don’t know the full story.
2. We invite God’s judgement on ourselves.
3. We have a bad case of “plank-itis”. Matthew 7:3

According to scripture, what are we to judge?
1. Judge yourself first.
2. Make wise judgements about fellow believers
3. Make sound judgements concerning moral and cultural issues.

“One of the most courageous things you will ever do is to judge/confront another believer!” – Michael M. Cook

God’s way is the way of grace. We need to seek God’s wisdom when it comes to holding others accountable. We also must remain aware of our own “sight problems” when it comes to our issues. Whatever situation we find ourselves in, we need to judge ourselves first. We should have solid people in our lives who will tell us the truth and will welcome the truth from us.

When it comes to our judgement of others, it must be led by the Holy Spirit in love, with prayer and God’s discernment and in His timing. It is never a comfortable thing to, however, when it is God inspired, it can have Kingdom impact.
“The goal of spiritual growth isn’t perfection, it’s becoming increasingly aware of weakness and then making constant corrections and adjustments.” – Henry Cloud


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