"YOU BE THE JUDGE"

Many people say it is wrong to “judge” others because they fail to read the Bible in context. The truth is that this the only verse in the Bible that speaks of judging in a negative way and you can't understand this verse unless you understand its CONTEXT because judging can refer to a number of different things.

If this verse is read in its proper context, you will read that Jesus explains that the WAY that you judge others is also the WAY that you will also be judged. Therefore, if you are a hypocrite and you are judging someone by a standard that you do not hold to yourself then you shouldn't do that.
Jesus then says "And why behold you the splinter that is in your brother's eye, but consider not the beam that is in your own eye?" (7:3)

In other words, if you have something in your eye you can't see very well and if you can't see very well then your vision will be out of focus; you're not seeing things right and there needs to be a correction. So saying, “Let me remove that splinter from your eye” is a figurative way of saying “Let me correct you, let me point out where you are wrong.”

Now, Jesus says don’t try to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye when you have a beam in your OWN eye! That is, do not judge and think you can correct other people if you (by the same standard) are worse off than they are. If you judge others hypocritically then the same standard by which you judge others will be turned on you and you will fare very badly.

In context, Jesus continues to say, "You hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of your own eye; and then shall you see clearly to cast out the splinter out of your brother's eye." (7:5 )

So, if removing the splinter from your brother’s eye means to judge him or to correct him (which it does) then Jesus makes the point that you can only do that once you have removed the beam from your own eye! But, once you remove the beam from your own eye then you can see clearly enough to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.

BRATS, I know that many people misuse Jesus' words all the time...even Christians! But He NEVER said we shouldn't make any judgement at all. It is a GOOD thing to remove splinters from other people’s eyes, it is a GOOD thing to point out to people where they are not seeing correctly, where they are wrong; and when we do that, that is called judging.

When Jesus said “Judge not" this is not His entire statement. It is made clear by His entire statement in context that He was saying that we are not to judge others by a standard we ourselves would be condemned by.
If you have flaws in your life that are the same as the person you are criticizing then you must correct yourself FIRST and THEN you can legitimately criticize or correct someone else. This is what Jesus is teaching.

People love to quote Matthew 7:1 without any context, but there is a much less frequently quoted verse on this subject can be found in John 7:24 in which Jesus says "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment."

Just as in Matthew 7, Jesus says “Judge not”, but here He says do not judge “according to appearance”. But then He goes on to say that we SHOULD judge…but judge righteously.

Jesus commands people NOT to judge the same number of times that He commands them TO judge…why don't we ever hear anyone quoting Jesus here in John 7:24? Why don't people ever say "You should judge, but judge people righteously"? Because according to Jesus we SHOULD judge, but when we do we should do it properly.

If you DO judge hypocritically or merely by appearance then you are in violation of Jesus’ teaching, but on the other hand if you DON'T judge righteously then you are also in violation of His teaching! Let's endeavor to be Christians who have proper balance and let's not just parrot what the world says without scrutinizing their statement by the Word of God.

Interestingly, the Apostle Paul also wrote in 1 Corinthians 2:15 that “he that is spiritual judges all things”. Clearly, Jesus and Paul are both saying that making judgments is something Christians must do, but that it is to be done righteously and without hypocrisy or by appearance.

So, you be the judge, BRATS! FIRST judge yourselves and THEN you may judge others!

GO BLESS, BRATS!