Case two: A judge in a court. Declares a man guilty of murder and sentences him to death by hanging.
This same judge kills another man and is declared guilty of murder. He also, is sentenced to death by hanging.
This article is simply my thoughts in pen- concerning the trending “please don’t judge me” syndrome… , particularly amongst church folks.
The trending message is for others not to judge us, because we know/assume that while we are breaking a part of the law, they are also breaking another. This practically makes us same. Fair enough. I agree.
Let’s get going with the above stated cases..
David. Introducing David because he is the classical mentor. The perfect example. The one example why we should not be judged. Valid. So let’s talk about this man whom God loved so much.
David sinned and he knew he had sinned. He coveted Uriah’s wife Bathsheba, got her pregnant and then murdered him. Of course this had crossed God, and David knew it.
Then there was a man- a prophet, named Nathan. In II Samuel 12:10-14, Nathan tells of God’s judgement upon David. As a result of his sins, the sword shall not depart from David’s household. Another man would sleep with David’s wives in public; and his child which Bathsheba was carrying, was going to die. Although he had sinned in private, God was going to punish David in public. (Please read the verses from scripture if you can). Those were the consequences for his sins- the sins of The man after God’s own heart.
Verse 13 of the same II Samuel opens with “then David confessed to Nathan”.
We see that after knowing, the second key thing David did was to admit. He acknowledged he had sinned and he did not cast away the prophet. Instead, he listened. (I’m sure a 21st century David will probably have told Nathan “oh please don’t judge me; you aren’t God”).
The fact is that it was David’s knowing, admitting and listening to God’s words through His prophet concerning his wrong-doing that afforded him a second chance. It was during this period that David wrote the famous Psalms 51. Famous because of that song “create in me a clean heart, O Lord”..
Of course God always loves a genuine heart. Solomon the wise would later come through this woman(Bathsheba) with whom David had committed adultery.
But that didn’t still take away the punishment. All of the judgement as declared by Nathan, were fulfilled.
The one problem however, is that unlike David, we are quick to say “please don’t judge me” but we won’t even think about/consider the approved God-standard.
Guess what?!! Just as the state laws didn’t set the Judge (even though he was a judge) in case 2 free when he broke them, The principles of God are, and wouldn’t bend for anything, not even because you think you shouldn’t be judged.
Maybe I do agree that no one should judge another, but I also very much am of the opinion that each should be a judge of him/her own self.
Judge yourself according to the word of God concerning that action you’ve taken. How, you may ask?
As the Christian, the Bible is your God-standard. The Bible talks about everything . Yes everything not including the colour your bathroom tiles should be but including how to treat people and how to treat yourself. Including whether or not to be gay/straight. Including what you should be doing and what not you should be doing!!
So we have no excuse(s).
We only have to do the job of finding our specifics, and thank God for technology, there is hardly room for ignorance these days!! Everything is flashing right before our very faces.
At the end of the day, It all balls down to making a decision- Either to be for the Christ, or not to be. Either decision is a sacrifice anyway and if we are choosing to be for God, then we must brace up because it will always be easier said. Like Paul my favourite, wrote, your choices will never be free of the conflict of- what you desire vs. what God will have you do. But of course no man who chooses God shall lose out.
Also, to the Christian who thinks they have a heaven-granted title “Judge” or “Judge-ina”, you have zero rights to judge.
However, you do have a mandate to speak up for the truth..! Remember, truth is also love.
When next you see someone walking down lane-wrong, you don’t tell them they walking straight to hell; For you just might be at the other end of that same road.
Yours is to lovingly inform them of what the word of God says concerning their actions/ what they are doing. Pray for and/or with them. Smile, too.. LoL. Well you will be needing lots of wisdom for this. If you are genuine about it, ask and you shall be given. 🙂
To myself and yourself, let’s remember that whom the father loves, he also chastises. Because God won’t approve of some things we do doesn’t mean he isn’t on our side. Let’s learn to submit to his authority.
For if we will keep up making excuses for our deliberate sins under the guise of “please don’t judge me”, then I wonder what we will tell to Jesus.
Perhaps we will tell him also: judge me not. Or perhaps we would answer when he calls : yes, my name is George Knot!