Thursday, November 14, 2013

Matthew 7:1-5 "Judge not, that you be not judged....." What does this really mean?

"“Judge not, that you be not judged.  For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.  And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?  Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye." Matthew 7:1-5.

This has to be the most misused and misconstrued scripture in the Bible. I have seen people mention other scriptures in the Bible as being "The most misinterpreted scripture in the Bible", and I agree there are many scriptures in the Bible that are used out of context at an alarming rate; but Matthew 7:1-5, specifically verse one of the chapter, is so often misemployed that if it were possible for a scripture to lose it's validity or value based on how many times it's been misused, this one would be as valuable as monopoly money.  Even persons, who claim the Bible is just filled with fairytales, are still for some reason partial to this particular scripture. So, surprisingly, or maybe not so much of a surprise, it's the go-to scripture for many persons who don't even profess the Christian faith. Why is that? Is it just a tool to brush off "Bible Thumpers" from sharing the truth, or is it simply based upon truly feeling you have been judged wrongfully and you want to serve it to whomever it was that judged you, so you hit them with Matthew 7:1-5 and assure yourself that that should silence that person?

 A good way to get a better understanding on something you're uncertain about is to ask questions. So, let's take a closer look at this scripture, starting with the first three verses, by asking a few basic questions.

What many people neglect about this Matthew 7 "judge not" scripture, which has been overused and misused to death might I add, is that Jesus shows us that although having a log in your eye and telling somebody about their speck is indeed hypocritical, the log in a person's eye can be removed. Now after it is removed what next? Well, I have seen people say that it now means you're free to go and judge people, but that would actually be a contradiction of this very scripture. What it means is that when the log is removed from your eye now you are able to (SEE) and (HELP) out your brother who is blind. The log is removed so you can help the person to remove the speck in his/or eye. I have noticed that the log and the plank indicate two very very important things in Matthew 7, and that is that both parties are blind, (but) by saying that after the log is removed you can then take the speck out of the person's eye, means that the blindness is not permanent, it can be healed in both parties. People forget the most important part of the Matthew 7 judgement message and that is the healing of blindness. 

Now after you have been cured of your own blindness (plank/log removed) now you can go ahead and (help) your brother out who is still blind. Now here's the big question how exactly does a person who has regained their sight (log removed) now help the person who is still blind (speck in their eyes)? Is it by encouraging them to continue in sin? No. Is it by walking on eggshells around the elephant in the room which is their sin? No. Is it by justifying sins? No. You help the person remove the speck from their eyes by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them, it is Jesus who healed you from your blindness (log in eye) and not you yourself really, so it is He who can do the same for them if they would except that they're a sinner, confess their sins and turn away from them and believe in Jesus Christ who washes us clean of our sins no matter what it was. 

But here is the BIGGEST issue with evangelising today that I have noticed. The people who remain blind, naturally because they're are blind, do not see anything wrong with their lives, as far as they're concerned they're a "good person" which weirdly enough even though they may say "we all have sinned and have fallen short" they still think they're good in spite of actually admitting to have fallen because of sin, which is actually a contradiction not too many see, and in spite of what scripture says about the things they we daily & and how we will not inherit the kingdom of heaven aka not go to heaven if we continue in the sin that easily besets us. Which I have to point out (WE) have (ALL) thought that way at one point or the other, in error, those who have since repented, (hence the log that was once in our own eyes).

But in spite of all of that many still don't realize they think and reason and justify their sins the way they do because they're still blinded (speck still intact), but when you who have been healed of your own blindness try to guide this person through the truth, the word of God presented in the Bible, to where they can also be healed of their blindness this help is immediately greeted with that person saying that you're judging them. Even if you (NEVA EVER) even mention any sin by name, I have noticed that many will still call you judgemental, sometimes it's simply for approaching them about Jesus. These days any type of reproof or admonition through the word of God is considered judgement. So what do ya do then as an evangelist? Personally, after I have shared the truth with a person, sharing with them what is written in scripture and they have rejected it due to their blindness, I just pray for them. There really is no way of getting around a misused Matthew 7, all you can do is do the work of an evangelist like Paul told Timothy and keep it moving. If somebody calls me judgemental I'm at the point where it's like you know what, I knew you would say that and that will not stop me from sharing the truth with you out of Godly love and brotherly kindness, but if you reject it just know that you have rejected He who has sent me. God is still the same yesterday today and forever, so this still stands, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9.