Many of our discussions here on Frontline Moms get a bit controversial. But since our job here is to tackle the sticky subjects I guess we should not be surprised.
But here is the uncomfortable accusation I want to address for all us frontline moms.
Ladies, are we being judgmental?
And if we are, what does that say about us as Christian moms who love Jesus? Are we bad? Mean? Insensitive? Cruel? Sinful? Unloving? Out of line? Are we casting stones?
In the past generation, we knew the most popular Bible verse was the one held up on the placard sign at every major sporting event in America. John 3:16.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.....
But today the most common verse I hear quoted is Matthew 7:1.
Judge not lest you be judged.
Have you noticed how that verse is thrown around? Have you noticed how it is used to paralyze conversations?
In this day and age when every moral issue is up for redefinition, we need to look deeper at the definition of judging. Otherwise, we may leave our children in a very dangerous position.
To gain a true understanding we need to take a look at the Greek word translated into judge in the English language.
According to Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary, the word we use for judge in English can come from more than one Greek word. The word judge in Matthew 7:1 is krino which means to judge or pronounce judgment, condemn.
But in 1 Corinthians 2:15 judge comes from the Greek word anakrino which means to examine, investigate, or question.
Wow, in Matthew we are told not to judge, and in 1 Corinthians we are told to judge:
The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment.
What is going on? Obviously the Lord is not confused! He is giving us two very specific instructions.
Condemning people to hell or even asking the Lord to send someone to hell is wrong. We are not the judge of another man's soul and if we attempt to take over God's role, it is clearly wrong. (This has great implications for "cursing" behavior which we will talk about a future post.)
However, it is our JOB to scrutinize, examine, and question the behaviors around us.
This only makes sense. Would we not want someone who is holding a gun threatening to shoot a child to be "judged" as in the definition of 1 Corinthians 2: 15?? Of course we would!
No one in their right mind would throw the whole concept of judging out the window or we would also have to throw out police, judges, and the military. But that is precisely what the enemy is attempting to do.
Somehow the devil has tricked us, just as he attempted to deceive our Lord in Luke 4 by misrepresenting and twisting the word of God.
I think it is high time we gave up being intimidated when someone plays the Matthew 7:1 card when we are attempting to identify godly moral behavior and sinful immoral behavior.
Proper judging (1 Corinthians 2: 15) is absolutely necessary for our kids and us.
How will we train our kids to know the difference? Will we, as a family, embrace our proper role of discerning the moral, spiritual, and ethical issues of our day?
Or will we give way to the voice of intimidation and hide with other believers who are afraid to engage our culture? If so, we may lose our ability to protect our own kids.
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