Sep 092013 7 Responses

Who Am I to Judge?

Who am I to judge?

It’s a wonderful question. It is born from a keen awareness of our own inability, sinfulness, and desperate need for grace.

It’s the question which all of us should remind ourselves of on a regular basis. It’s the question from which all of our actions should derive.

Who am I to judge?

I am nobody.

I have no right to set myself up on a pedestal.

  • My mind is finite.
  • My experience is limited.
  • My tendency is to justify my actions no matter how wrong they might be.
  • My desire is to shape my opinions around what is popular so I will be liked by others.

I am in no position to determine right from wrong, moral from immoral, ethical from unethical.

It is the height of arrogance for me to make any judgments.

I have no right to judge.

Yet, the question, “Who am I to judge?” has become the main tool for others to do just that…

instead of submitting themselves to a higher power;
instead of humbling their opinions to truth;
instead of understanding our human inability.

We have used the question “Who am I to judge?” as the launching pad of defending our own judgments.

Some say, “Who am I to judge?” but then judge the words of Jesus, “for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife” as something that is outdated, insensitive, or hate speech.

Some say, “Who am I to judge?” but then judge anyone who is willing to point to an unchanging ethical norm as ignorant or bigoted.

Some say, “Who am I to judge?” but then make the judgment that their interpretation of Scripture should supersede the historical understanding of a Biblical passage.

Some say, “Who am I to judge?” but then ordain their opinions as right, moral, and blessed and anyone who disagrees with them is wrong, immoral, and biased.

The question which should humble us all has been twisted to justify the most arrogant of acts—the elevation of ourselves as the ultimate judge for all human action.

It’s true of the religionists who takes Scripture to demean others and elevate themselves, who view the sins of others as far worse than their own, and who use the name of Jesus as a name of oppression and guilt instead of liberation and grace.

It’s true of the secularist who rejects any form of higher power, who places their own reasoning as the height of understanding, and who never considers they could be wrong.

I have no right to judge. I have neither the knowledge nor the wisdom to do so.

Because of this, I must submit myself to another. I must find one that is higher than I.

He has the say of what is right and wrong, moral and immoral, ethical and unethical.

He has told me not to judge, but to tell of his ways, offer his grace, and invite others to obey. I must do so, because who am I to judge?

7 Responses to Who Am I to Judge?
  1. Alma Phillips Reply

    You have some good points but we do have the ability to judge what is moral vs immoral, what is right from wrong, what is ethical vs unethical for our own lives. In todays world it is called CHOICES…

  2. glendakuhn Reply

    Sunday morning teaching was on faith, unity with GOD’s will for life’s challenges using Daniel, chapter 3. Then, later in the lesson, the teacher was criticizing fellow brothers and sisters who have a different opinion on certain scriptures. Faith lesson was good. Criticism of others implied they had less understanding than the one teaching. Condemnation? Pride? I cannot judge the heart. We submit ourselves one to another and learn together as we journey. Just random thoughts here. Good lesson, Kevin.

  3. dennyneff Reply

    Ompf**** Oh man, WHY OH WHY do I feel like I have to judge, to offer my view point, to elevate myself? ….. Oh man, you did it again Kevin… you read my mail… you eves’ dropped on my conversations…. you obviously bugged my dining room… lol

    Thanks my friend for this insightful dialogue on judging. I have people all the time tell me that we are supposed to judge so we can correct another person in their sin. Personally I think it goes all the way back to the Garden. It’s that “sin genome” in every person’s DNA, for me it goes to the sin of PRIDE. When the serpent tempted Eve he said “God would want us to be like Him, knowing it all”. And Satan hasn’t changed his tactics, we just keep falling for the same temptation over and over again.

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  5. jannaungJann Reply

    1 cor 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned
    15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
    16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

    Based on scriptures above we need to judge or evaluate spiritual truths for we have the mind of Christ.

  6. Ed Walsh Reply

    You discourse is a good sylligysm for establiashing the point that the Pope has rendered himself redundant having refused to make judgment in the core of cases being the subject matter over which he has assumed authority in his position of High Priest.The decider of moral good and evil. When your function is one of moral religious leader then how do you comply with Matthew 28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holly Spirit” and then shun your responsibility by saying “Who Am I to Judge” What then is God’s moral law?

    • Kevin A. Thompson Reply

      What I was trying to say in my article is that I don’t have a right to judge so I must say what God says. To deny God’s teachings on an issue are to make me a judge over God.

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