God Expects Us to Judge
The mouth of the righteous articulates wisdom,
his tongue speaks justice.
A righteous person will talk of judgment. He will not REFUSE to judge. He will talk judgment.
Seek good and not evil,
That you may live;
So the Lord God of hosts will be with you!
Hate evil, love good;
Establish justice in the gate.
How can you hate the evil and love the good if you refuse to judge? You can't. You are SINNING when you refuse to judge.
Our generation is well described in Isaiah 59:8:
They don't know the way of peace.
There's no justice on their highways.
They've made their paths crooked.
Whoever walks on them will never know peace.
Paul said in 1 Corinthians 1:10 to ". . . be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment."
Why would Paul make such a statement if judging is wrong?
In I Corinthians 2:15 Paul says, "But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man."
Judging is not a sin; judging is a characteristic of being a spiritual person!
Satan has been lying to us, hoping that we will NOT judge, because he knows that the right kind of judgment PLEASES God and betters our lives and Christian service.
Someone says, "But should we judge PEOPLE?"
Yes, we certainly should. Paul actually REBUKES the Corinthians for NOT judging:
Do you not know that the saints will judge the world?...
Do you not know that we are to judge angels?
1 Corinthians 6:2,3
We are clearly told to JUDGE PEOPLE.
If judging people is wrong, how can we obey Romans 16:17-18:
I appeal to you, brethren, to be on your guard concerning those who create dissensions and difficulties and cause divisions, in opposition to the doctrine (the teaching) which you have been taught. [I warn you to turn aside from them, to] avoid them.
For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ but their own appetites and base desires, and by ingratiating and flattering speech, they beguile the hearts of the unsuspecting and simpleminded [people].
2 Corinthians 6:17:
The Lord says, "Get away from unbelievers.
Separate yourselves from them.
Have nothing to do with anything unclean.
Then I will welcome you."
You will see the difference
between the righteous and the wicked,
between the person who serves God
and one that doesn't serve him.
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?
Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
And such were some of you.
But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11