Why Do Christians Judge One Another When Jesus Said Not To?
I think Christians judge one another for two main reasons: our fallen nature, and misunderstanding of Jesus’ words. 1 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. Matthew 7:1-2 (NKJV)
It’s often said that Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven, and how true this is! Although Christians have the grace of God to guide them in their actions, we still make mistakes sometimes. One of the most common mistakes Christians (and anybody) make is casting judgement. I don’t believe this passage is condemning making judgements about actions or behavior. For instance, most people consider calling people names or harrassing them is wrong, and this is a judgement on some peoples’ behavior, which is not wrong by either Scripture or logic. I think Jesus’ primary concern here is with Christians judging other people where in areas where judgment belongs to God alone.
An example would be one Christian concluding another is not a real Christian and therefore going to hell, because they belong to a different denomination. While there are some Christian groups that teach errors and Christians who hold false beliefs, only God Himself is truly able to see what’s in a person’s heart. Because of our sinful nature, we often judge by outward appearance “For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” I Samuel 16:7 (NKJV) So, I believe the primary reason Christians judge is simply the same reason why we do other things Christ has told us not to do, sinfulness and misunderstanding of God’s Word.