I read a story about a man and his wife who entered an opera house and found a man lying across their seats. They asked him to move, and the only response was inarticulate moaning sounds. They summoned an usher who told the man that he had to get up because he had these people’s seats. The only response was a guttural sound. The usher said, “He’s drunk, so I’ll call the Police.” The Police came and one of the officers said to the man, “Get up, you’ve got these folk’s seats.” No response. Then the Police said, “Who are you, and where did you come from?” The man finally managed to say, “I fell out of the balcony!”
This is a clear example of judging a situation without having all the facts. Webster’s Dictionary defines “judging” as to form an opinion without weighing the evidence or facts.
Those who engage in immoral behavior such as homosexuality often quote this verse when attempting to defend their sinful behavior. Those in denominationalism when challenged to prove that they are not backed by biblical authority will quote this verse.
Those teenagers who sometimes run with the wrong crowd will quote this verse to their parents to justify their behavior.
This verse does not teach that Jesus meant that we cannot pass judgment on anyone at any time. In the context of this verse, Jesus is condemning a fault-finding attitude without having all the facts. One must form an opinion based upon facts and not impute wrong motives on a situation he/she knows little about.
Jesus, in the entire context of Matt. 7, publicly criticized the Scribes and Pharisees for their self-righteous attitudes. Jesus was teaching us that judging another is wrong when that judgment is hypocritical and not based on facts.
It is not judging to take the Bible and show a person that what they believe and practice is not in agreement with the word of God.
It is not judging to emphasize that fornication, adultery, homosexuality, drunkenness are sinful behaviors and will cause a person to not go to Heaven when they die. (Gal. 5:19-22) (Eph. 5:1-6)
It is not judging to try to help people out of their sinful practices. The popular and politically correct idea that “all judging is wrong” is anti-biblical. Those who teach that Jesus was condemning all judging are ignorant of what the Bible teaches. As Jesus said in John 7:24, “Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”
Righteous judgment is not based upon surface appearances but according to fact. ------ Earl Sutton