There exists a confusion over the word ‘judge.’ We all judge in the sense of figuring out what’s best for us, personally. We have to, and so we are compelled to. And IB even adds the component of love, that love will compelled us to form opinions. Caving to fear, however… Indifference is no virtue.
‘Judge not’ is not an excuse to remain silent in the face of evil.
Christ said, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” That does not mean, do nothing. Basically, it means there are consequences, and it may come back to you. But, regardless of your past misdeeds, it is selfless to act on the behalf of those in need, and selfish to stand indifferent.
When your heart tells you to act, you act. You can only harm yourself and others if you allow fear to dictate your actions.
“To judge” actually means to condemn, to administer justice. It is closely entwined with contempt. The biblical instructions to “judge not” are not a simple commandment, they are a rather elaborate spiritual concept. Often what we condemn and view with complete contempt in others is what we fear and are ashamed of in our own selves. To judge is to seek revenge, retaliation, to administer justice, to view with contempt.
To form opinions, to practice discernment, to recognize and identify sin is not to judge and condemn others. In fact, love often compels us to do that very thing. To sit there quietly like some sort of neutral force, refusing to take sides, claiming to be unable to pass judgement, can actually be a very immoral thing. To remain silent in the face of evil because you fear being accused of being judgmental is not love. It is actually an…
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