YES, WE ARE TO JUDGE

     clear-temple                                                                          – Mary A.  La Clair

A concordance of the NIV Bible shows 25 references to the word ‘warn’; eleven being in the New Testament. If judging always and only meant ‘merely to think’ or ‘to form an opinion’, and if we never ‘judged’ in that way we would help to create anarchy and lawlessness.

This, too, is what the devil seeks for mankind and he may appear close to succeeding, if we let him.hide from God

Jesus tells us not to hide our light under a bushel.  We are to be salt and light. Without light there is darkness, without salt, there is decay, without truth, there is deception.

 

To make an absolute of “Judge not lest you be judged” necessitates ignoring Jesus when he says we are to judge:

judge hand n gavel1 Cor 6:2-5: “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? …… Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren?”  NKJV

We need to practice our judgment regarding sin in the church. This is warning the righteous.  We are to be salt and light to the world and warn of an eternal judgment. This is warning the wicked. So, do not be intimidated by others, judge for yourselves…. are we judging when we warn?

John 7:24  “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”

Luke 12:57  “Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?”  KJV In addition, God does tell us to judge those within the church.

1 Cor 5:9-13 tells us immorality in the church must be judged.clear-temple “What business is it of yours to judge the  heathen, God will do that.  It is our business to judge those inside the church.” 

We are to put the immoral person outside. If we accept sin in the church we send the message that God accepts sin in heaven, which is obviously not true.

I wanted to write this from the viewpoint that a judgment carries with it a punishment, and if that punishment were not inflicted, we were not guilty of judging.  In view of this, I sought of the Lord what He meant when He said, ‘Judge not lest ye be judged’, and that same day the Lord reminded me of a lady I know whom I used to think arrogant and proud by the straight way she walked and how she held her head high; until I knew her better and found out she had been in an accident and that she had a metal rod next to her spine and a steel plate in her jaw. Jesus’ words: “Judge not lest you be judged” finally became clear. We need to be careful before we judge someone’s spirit by mere outward appearance. Jesus still continues to instruct that we must judge between right and wrong, especially in the church; and that we must warn both the righteous, and our countrymen, against wrong actions, that we must praise and encourage good works, and that we must keep ourselves clean by judging our own motives and actions first.

-end for more on ‘judging’ you may wish to read: ‘Judging Those Who Judge Us’ which may be found at: https://theproverbs120column.wordpress.com/category/judging/judging-those-who-judge-us/

IT’S OK TO BE INTOLERANT: IT’S CALLED CARING ENOUGH TO CONFRONT part 2

IT’S OK TO BE INTOLERANT: IT’S CALLED ‘CARING ENOUGH TO CONFRONT’

– part two                                                              – Mary  A. LaClair

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It amazes me how people voice offense over some of the best things; like public display of Christmas, the Ten Commandments, etc.

Why aren’t people getting offended at things which give bad influence?

What you permit, you approve. And, no, I can not approve of one-sided tolerance for what is wrong, when I see so much one-sided intolerance for what is right.

The very people who used to cry “tolerance” are now themselves crying “offense”.

Is it because good people are so sure of themselves that nothing can shake them; or, is it because they actually fear being an influence?  Advertisers get paid to influence people, and often times it is subtly done with just a picture. We influence people even when we are unaware of doing so. Conclusion: influence cannot be eliminated entirely. So let’s see that good influence rises to the surface.

Here is an example:

While having a late lunch in an out-of-town sandwich shop, opportunity to be a good influence over bad came knocking.

A busy little employee was actively scrubbing tables which already looked clean.

My friend and I told the busy and pleasant employee that she could come and scrub our houses.  (I know, not very original). But it opened the door to say something to an older youth standing nearby who was wearing an obnoxious t-shirt which looked as if it came from an adult barroom. Upon seeing the offensive picture, I asked the Lord how I could address the matter in His ways. Asking the Lord before speaking is key.

This youth in his late teens spoke up and said, “If you are paying, I will come clean for you!”

I had the impression he just dropped his younger sister off at work. Looking at the shirt wearing an obvious frown on my face my reply was,   “Not in that shirt, you won’t”

“Why? I’m a good guy, really.”

“Well, one couldn’t tell by that shirt you are wearing.” It seems the Lord was prompting me.

“Really?  Well, I guess it is kinda questionable.”

“You’re right.  You look like a nice kid, it doesn’t belong on you. It is also not a good example for younger people to see you wearing that in public.”

My friend and I finished our lunch, the older youth left the store. However, when we walked to our car, the youth was outside smiling.

“See, I took it off, wadded it up and threw it in the trunk. I guess I can use it for polishing the car.  That’s a good use for it, right?”

“Right!  Good choice young man.  Good choice!  Have a good day.”

“Yes, you too mam, and… thanks!”

“God bless you, son!”

Another young man made a similar statement of thanks a few years back. He worked in a music-video store.  I went in to find out the words to rock music that would be playing in our town. The young man in his mid twenties asked me if I had a child or a grand-child planning on attending the concert.  “Maybe,” I said.

“Lady, I wish MORE adults would show an interest in what their kids are into. If they did, this stuff wouldn’t be so bad. Youth are just crying out for someone to know what their world is like. They are daring adults. And adults don’t care. I commend you and say there should be more parents doing this.”

ASTONISHED was my plain and simple reaction. After my astonishment, I did take the time to thank the young man for being so bold in his workplace.

God bless him.

Are you getting the message yet?