You can’t judge me! You are not the judge of me! It is common to hear these statements among believers. But it is such an ironical statement when made by a Christian. Ironical for reasons you will know why within this article. There are even those who want to make themselves feel better by telling you that you cannot judge them by judging you saying something like you are judging me yet you are worse?
Dear believer, did you know that judging is both condemned and commanded according to the word? You may say the statement contradicts itself but hear this. Judging is commanded when it is done in love and condemned when it is done out of malice.
Firstly let us get context and background information. The word Judge in the New Testament is used as the Greek and krino which means: to select, to come, to a conclusion, to make a determination, to decide, to assess, to dispute with or to be accused.
People say you cannot judge me in reference to Mathew 7:1-5 People have no clue what this verse means, they only it’s there. Let us dissect it for you.
Do not Judge (accuse) or you too will be judged (accused). For in the same way you judge ( accuse) others, you will be judged (accused) and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Why do you look at the speck of sawdust [insignificant] in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank [egregosity] in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
The message this verse communicates is that before you look into the mistakes of others, look inward first and know your own mistakes.
1 Corinthians 5:9-13 we are advised to Judge Members of our fellowship. This judging should be based on Mathew 18:25-40 where Jesus teaches us how to correct one another as in Galatians 6:1. If someone is caught by sin you who live by the Spirit should restore the person together gently. In this case, Judging is condemned if it is done out of malice.
James 4:12 says do not slander one another. It is only backstabbers who do not confront adversaries face to face hence be spiritually genuine-not hypocritical and with the good for others. Do not do it out of malice but be fair. The type of judging that is condemned is not the righteous exposure of error but rather consists of that which is hypocritical, superficial and in hostility. Then a quick reminder you cannot judge if you live double standards Romans 2:1.