Monday, July 23, 2012

"Untying the Judging Knot 解開評審結 " ~ ( Part V )

Untying the Judging Knot 
Luke 6:36-38
Copyright © 2004 Jeremy Myers

"Judge not lest you be judged
~ Part V

2. Your Judgments will come back to haunt you

Luke 6:37 "Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven."

          Christ gives three statements here on judging others. He talks about judging, condemning and forgiving. The first two are the ones that people most often quote. Don't judge and don't condemn. But let's begin with the last one about forgiving. Christ says, Forgive, and you will be forgiven. This statement is just like verse 36 about being merciful. You cannot be merciful unless there was a judgment. Similarly, you cannot forgive unless you judge that a sin was committed.

          Have you ever had someone come up to you of the blue and say, "I forgive you for what you did"? What is your response? You say, "What did I do?" You see? Forgiveness implies that a judgment has been made. You cannot forgive without a prior judgment. It is nonsense to say, "I won't judge you but I do forgive you." No, you can only forgive someone when they sin against you, and if you say that they are sinning against you, you have made a judgment about their actions.

          When everything Christ says in this passage is taken together, we see that He is not teaching us not to judge, but to judge correctly - to judge mercifully, to judge and forgive. This is what Christ means in the first part of verse 37. He says, Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned.
          當一切基督說,在這一段一起,我們看到,他沒有教我們不好判斷,但正確判斷 - 判斷仁慈地,判斷和原諒。這是基督意味著在第一部分第37節。祂說, 37 “不要论断人,免得你们被人论断;不要定人的罪,免得自己也被定罪。要饶恕人,这样你们也必蒙饶恕。

           Since the entire Bible and the immediate context is very clear that some judgment must take place, Jesus is saying that we should not judge unjustly. We should not judge incorrectly. If and when we judge, it should be according to the standards and principles laid out in Scripture. We must judge correctly. A failure or refusal to judge is to judge incorrectly. When it comes to judging, there is no neutral ground. When it comes to moral issues and discerning between right and wrong, good and evil, truth and error, a lot of Christians just say, "I don't want to pick sides. I'm just going to remain neutral."    

           But there is no such thing as remaining neutral. An attempt at neutrality is always to side with evil. Imagine a football team where all the players decide to "sit this one out." If that's the attitude of the players, they will lose the game. This is especially true in wars. In World War I and World War II, there were European nations that tried to remain neutral. Inevitably, such nations were swallowed up by invading armies. The spiritual battle we are in as the church is the greatest war that has ever been waged. It's not a war against flesh and blood, but against spiritual forces. And we had better judge correctly between good and evil, right and wrong, truth and error. We had better point out to people their sin. People's eternal souls hang in the balance.

 To be cont'd in part VI

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