Using "Judge Not Lest You Be Judged" As An Escape Clause  

wistfuljester 64M
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6/9/2006 3:49 pm

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Using "Judge Not Lest You Be Judged" As An Escape Clause

I see this phrase used all the time to justify one's behavior. People who clearly have never studied the teachings of Jesus constantly take this small phrase out of context and try to use it as a "get out of jail free card".

How absurd. I find it particularly amusing when those same people are rabidly ANTI-Christian, ANTI-Bible.

In no way could Jesus ever be considered "politically correct"; not in his time, and certainly not in ours. Here's a little blurb I found that I think succinctly states the meaning of the phrase "judge not lest you be judged":

The world often takes this verse out of context and uses it to accuse Christians of being "judgmental" when they speak of sin. In the context of the verse Jesus is telling His disciples not to judge one another, something the Bible condemns (Romans 14:10; James 4:11). In Luke 6:41,42 He speaks of seeing a speck in a brother’s eye. In John 7:24 He said, "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment." If someone steals, lies, commits adultery or murder, etc., the Christian can make a (righteous) moral judgment and say that the actions were morally wrong, and that these sins will have eternal consequences. Chuck Colson said, "True tolerance is not a total lack of judgment. It’s knowing what should be tolerated–and refusing to tolerate that which shouldn’t."

In other words, while the judgment of a person is strictly the province of God, the judgment of BEHAVIOR is both a right and an obligation.

Now, I am not advocating religion, here. I'm just trying to point out the ridiculousness of borrowing words from a man that you neither understand nor believe, for the purpose of justifying your lifestyle. I really think that if you try, you can find a more intelligent way of doing that. Besides, I almost never hear you quoting anything else he had to say...

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