Matthew 7 “1.Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

I believe this to be one of the most quoted verses in the bible. You often see it quoted as “Only God can judge me.” This is the motto of many gangsters world wide, and you can see this tattooed from coast to coast. I like to translate it like this, I know what I am doing is wrong but I don’t care so don’t talk to me about it. There is a difference between the words in Matthew 7-1&2 and “only God can judge me”, the first is scripture; the other is a rap song by Tupac.

This saying seems to be used like a “free pass”. No one can judge my sin because they aren’t God. Besides, who hasn’t sinned themselves, right? Is that true? Are we to be without sin in order to judge others actions; is that what this verse is saying? If that were so, we would never be able to call sin what it is-wrong. Well let’s continue to read and see if that’s what this passage is saying. We never want to just lift one verse out of scripture and be in danger of using it out of context.

Matthew 7 “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? 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 first thing I want to clarify is that this passage is between Christians. If you are not a Christian this verse does not apply to you at all. How do I know that you ask, 1 Corinthians 5:9-12 tells us  9″ I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; 10 I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world. 11 But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? 13 But those who are outside, God judges. Remove the wicked man from among yourselves.”

Once we continued to read the passage in Matthew it was clarified that we are to judge ourselves first and then help our brothers. If we are true followers of God we welcome a loved one helping us to see our sins. After all our goal is righteousness, our goal is godliness and our goal is to be like Christ. It is not our goal to hold onto our sins.

Revelation 9

20 The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk. 21 Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.

God already tells us that most of mankind will not repent. It seems crazy to most of us as Christians that people will see God’s love, power, wrath and grace and not repent. However if we are honest, the church is becoming a haven for those who refuse to repent. Look at the sins listed in Revelation 9. We have Christians in the church today that worship idols, money and call it ambition and success. We see  Christians supporting murder and call it “choice”. We see Christians support magic arts through horoscopes and call it astrology. We see Christians that excuse sex outside of marriage and call it liberal and realistic.  We see Christians that cheat the government with taxes and call it creative accounting. We even cheat God Himself out of His money through tithe and offering with all kinds of excuses.

If Christians won’t repent of their sins, how can we talk to the rest of the world about salvation and freedom? When are we going to stop making excuses and be set apart? God will judge the world for their sins; do we as Christians think He will ignore ours?

There is another side to this judging that I will address in part 2….