“The Truth About Judging Others”

Judging others

Romans 2:11, “For there is no partiality with God.”

             Throughout history people have witnessed discrimination in so many different ways it would be impossible to list them all. A few ways we have seen discrimination are through avenues such as racism, social class, physical abilities vs. inabilities, the handicapped, religion, the Holocaust, and certainly the latest well-known prejudice of anti-Christianity that is swarming through the nations today. These discriminations arise from various thoughts, beliefs and attitudes, but ultimately it all leads back to sin and the fall of man in the garden of Eden.

In Romans chapter 1 and 2 we see two groups that show discrimination or prejudice against each other. These two groups were the Gentiles and the Jews. Both groups had their own problems with idolatry, substituting tradition for worship, doing what they shouldn’t be doing, and not doing what they should be doing. In other words, there was enough sin in both groups of people to go around. We see two groups of people, and both groups view themselves as being better spiritually than the other group. Now, before we pass judgment so quickly on these people we must ask a very important question. Don’t we ourselves ( members of the church ) do the very same thing many times? Of course we do, and we are just as wrong to do so as those people were in that day.

If you read Romans chapter 1 and 2, but particularly focus on chapter 2 verses 1-11 Paul reminds the Gentiles, the Jews, and us of some very important facts about judgment as we look at other people around us. Judgment is like a boomerang. Paul tells us in verse 1 of chapter 2 that when we judge someone else that same judgment comes right back at us. He shares that however you judge someone else, in the same way you condemn yourself. In other words, whatever standard you hold another person to you are automatically causing yourself to be held to that same standard. That judgment comes right back to you like a boomerang.

  Judgment asks some important questions. In verses 3 and 4 Paul helps us to see two major questions that judgment makes us ask ourselves. Are you expecting different standards for other people than you are willing to have for yourself? Then, in verse 4, we cannot help but ask, “Do you judge others in the same way you would want God to judge you?”. These questions have to be asked, because judgment is as much reflective of one’s own life as it is seeing fault in another person’s life.

We cannot escape the fact that verse 5 shows us that ungodly judgment discounts the grace of God. What makes judgment ungodly? Ungodly judgment is the absence of the love and grace of God in judgment. You see, the Bible does teach that we are to judge sin. In fact, if we see another brother or sister caught up in sin, we are wrong not to point that out and go to them about that sin. However, it must be done in love and in the grace of God. Godly judgment always points people to Jesus and is done for the whole purpose of restoring a brother or sister to a right relationship with God. Ungodly judgment is the result of two things. It is full of pride, and it comes from a hard heart. Being full of pride we work to elevate ourselves above other people. A hard heart causes one to be pleased in the downfall of others because it makes us feel better about ourselves. These are the two ingredients of ungodly judgment toward other people.

The good news is found in verse 11. “For there is no partiality with God.”. Paul was sharing this with the Gentiles and the Jews. He was trying to get them to see that they were all on the same playing field. We too are all on the same field of life. God doesn’t love me more than you, or you more than me. He is not partial. He is not prejudice. There is no partiality with Him at all. There are those who are under the blood of Christ and forgiven of their sins, and there are those who refuse to receive Jesus for Who He is; therefore, they remain unforgiven because of their unbelief.

God, unlike us, does everything perfectly. Read verses 6-10 and you will see that He will give perfectly every man according to his deeds. Then, when you read verse 11 you will see that not only does He give perfectly, but He does it without prejudice. It doesn’t matter whether you are Jew or Gentile, black or white, poor or rich, male or female, American or Asian, He will give perfectly and without discrimination to you based on your relationship or lack of to Him.

Remember, the Bible has a lot to say about judgment. We should take heed to these warnings that Paul spilled out to the Jews and Gentiles. Judgment is necessary, but Godly judgment always looks out for what is best for the individual rather than tearing him/her down. Godly judgment always seeks to restore a brother or sister to a right fellowship with their heavenly Father.

 

Sincerely,

Bro. Bryan

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“Knowledge without Wisdom”

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Romans 1:21-22, “21 For even though they knew God, they did not [n]honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,”

              I am reminded of the words Jesus wrote in Luke 12:48 when He said, “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required” as I read these words of Paul in Romans 1:21-22. These two verses in Romans become a sober reminder about the responsibility that comes from knowing about God.  The United States, unlike many other countries is filled with church buildings all over the place. Churches are usually able to meet together 2 to 3 times a week in most places. Also, there are so many resources available to share the message of the cross with other people today such as television, radio, internet and more.

             As I read verse 21, the reality of where we are as a nation stood out like a sore thumb. Paul shares in Romans 1 all about how God has revealed Himself to the people of this world. Yes! You, me, everyone! No one is without excuse because God has and continues to reveal Himself to His creation. In verse 21 Paul shares how the people knew God. He is saying that these people had heard about God, understood who God was, and were even being taught regularly about Him. Even some professed to be Christians. The problem was two-fold. Some knew about God, yet they didn’t know Him personally. Others, knew God, professed Him, yet they had grown carnal in their minds, attitudes and behavior. The end result was that even though they knew Him, they did not honor Him. They didn’t give any glory to Him. The people did not have an attitude of gratitude for God.  It was the reality of where many were during Paul’s day, and sadly, the results look the same in today’s America too!

             The reality of a people who do not give honor and glory to God will always result in a weakened nation. I believe we see the weakened nation or people as we move through the above verses. Verse 21 says, “but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. “ This shows us what happens when someone has knowledge, but no wisdom. They had knowledge of God, but did not have the wisdom to apply that knowledge of Him to their lives.  Wisdom takes knowledge and uses that knowledge for good. Therefore, the people began to forsake the truth they knew and replace that truth with error. In other words, they forsake what they knew to be true for lies. The longer this went on the further their imaginations became vain. This was a mess for the people then, and it is a mess that America finds itself in today as well.

             The reality of where we are, and the weakness of a nation are bold reminders of the high consequences of godless living. Paul says in verse 22, “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.”.  Bad consequences follow when we chose to worship man, and man-made gods rather than having our worship directed towards Jehovah God Himself. These people have taken their knowledge of God and basically thrown it out the window of life. In doing that they traded worshiping the One and Only God of the Bible for the worship of self, others, and things. Paul says that their hearts were so darkened in thinking they were doing right they became fools. They became blind to the truth!!

             So now lets go back to what Jesus said in Luke 12:48. You and I living in the United States have been blessed in that we are able to know as much about God as we want to know. There is nothing holding you back. Bibles are everywhere. You don’t have to worry about being thrown into prison for studying God’s word in this country. ( at least not yet anyway ). You and I have been given much, and don’t think for one minute we will not be required to give an answer as to how we have spent our time on this earth. God has made heaven and earth, and He has moved heaven and earth so that you can know Him personally. He wants you to know about Him, but most importantly to know Him. Spend time today getting to know Him better.

 Sincerely,

Bro. Bryan