Social media can be a great thing. It gives us the ability to connect with family that is far away, with friends we haven’t seen in years, and even with people that we don’t know. But there is a side of social media that is not so great. It has become a vehicle for standing in judgment of others. Scripture is clear when it comes to passing judgment on others. It is not something that we should do. Judgment is God’s business (James 4:12: James 5:9).
In Matthew 7:1-5, Jesus gives us some very clear teaching on judging others. Jesus taught that we should not judge so that we will not be judged. When we judge others, we bring upon ourselves equal judgment. God will judge us by the same standard by which we judge others. It’s easy for us to point out the faults or the wrongdoings of others. But we need to look inwardly and see our own faults and our own wrongdoings.
None of us is perfect. We all have faults and we all are guilty of doing things that are wrong. Before we can point out the faults and wrongdoings of others, we need to first address our own. But, when we have dealt with our own stuff, we still should not judge others. Jesus said that, before we point out the speck in our brother’s eye, we need to remove the log from our own. But what does He say next? Does He say that we should then point a finger at the speck in our brother’s eye? No! He says that we will be able to see clearly to take the speck out of our brother’s eye. In other words, we will be able not to judge, but to help our brother deal with his stuff.
We reap what we sow. If we do not judge others, we will not be judged ourselves. If we do not condemn others, we will not be condemned. And, if we forgive others, we will also be forgiven (Luke 6:37). Great words to live by!