I Want to Fit In

Politically Incorrect Social Studies

Don’t Judge. Really?

Posted by iwanttofitin on March 6, 2007

The most commonly used phrase in an argument where the person on the defense cannot logically back up their claim is “Don’t judge.” I want to ask this simple question. Where does this come from? Who came up with this phrase and why does it hold any validity? If man made it up, it really isn’t valid because who is to say that your belief is any better than mine? I say judge all you want. The phrase “Don’t judge” is ripped straight from the Bible. It is used completely out of context and is a cop-out response. It has been used a lot on my blog in response to a post that someone doesn’t agree with and has no valid argument in response.

If we are to go back to the original meaning, we must quote the whole context:

1″Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3″Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How 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? 5You 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.

Matthew 7:1-5

No one bothers to quote the whole verse because it doesn’t condemn judging at all. Whatever standard you use to judge someone you should expect that same standard to be used on you. It is not an argument winner. Someone who is not a Christian shouldn’t even try using that argument at all. If God isn’t really God then HIS Word isn’t valid either in an argument.

If we are not to judge others, then why do we have, of all things, judges? There are thousands of legal cases a year where people are judged. Is that wrong?

When electing a President of the United States of America, is it wrong to judge his character? Why do we care so much about a candidate’s past and voting record if we are not to judge?

Let’s say we could argue that Matthew 7:1-5 is teaching us not to judge. Why then does the Bible have two books called Judges that deal with God appointing judges over the people? God seems to think that judges are good. It is when the Israelites rejected the judges that they started having problems.

When you are looking for a suitable marriage partner or even a friend, don’t you judge whether the two of you have anything in common?

For goodness sakes, we have America Idol where there are three judges telling the singers if they are any good or not. We have the Olympics where the best athletes in the world are evaluated by judges based on skill. Is that wrong?

Are we only to judge on ability and not on lifestyle or thought? That seems hypocritical to me.

Everyone judges on a regular basis. We judge by appearance every day. We judge by actions. We judge by belief. What is wrong with that? If I can’t take the time to judge a person based on what he or she believes how can I determine that person’s worth (I don’t mean that in the value sense. Just for illustration) to me?


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