On Being Critical v Discerning
I just want to share with you briefly on this aspect of judging things that is being bandied about by silly people as a defence against scrutiny! Again - time to grow up!
You might have probably heard very popular voices at fervent pitch crying out against judging others or being critical of either their idols or so their called revelations! But let's just take a minute to turn to scripture rather than opinion or human wisdom.
Stay with me - read on - this will teach you something.
Most proponents of the Matt 7 and 1 Cor 4:5 injunction do not pause to consider the context nor the spirit of the text. It goes like this:-
“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.
“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. (NIV)
Now here’s the issue: This is not an injunction to stop being discerning! Neither is it a licence for those who hold function in the body to remain unchecked or bypass scrutiny! What Jesus is saying quite openly is to not judge each other on a personal level because by the same measure or standard we too will face judgement.
But Jesus is certainly not telling us to accept everything glibly as Truth and Revelation! Its actually amazing that hardly any continue to read the very next verse:
Matthew 7:6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces."
This immediately tells you that discernment has to be in operation for you to make a judgement call! C'mon folks! Read the white.