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Judge not, that you be not judged.  For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. – Matthew 7:1-5

One of the many things that FarmHouse does differently then other fraternities is that we hold each other to a high standard and we are not afraid to stand up and speak against what is wrong. But why are Christians often labeled as “judging” whenever we stand up and speak against sinful actions? To say that we are not to judge others is a false statement. In John we are called to, “Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment” (John 7:24). In this verse we are called to not judge others simply by appearances, but by using careful discernment. Next, one of the most quoted versus that people use to proclaim that we are not to judge is found in Matthew 7:1, “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” What many are failing to realize is the context that Jesus is making this assessment. For the passage continues to say, “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:3-5). The reason Jesus is telling us not to judge is not to say that we are “not to judge,” but He was telling us not to judge hypocritically by making self-righteous judgments of others. It is in these verses that we come to realize that Jesus is not saying that we should not pass judgment, but warning that we should not be passing judgment on others for their sin, when you are committing the same sin or even worse.

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