Judge Not (4 of 5) by Jeff Strite

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Judge Not (4 of 5)
Series: Stupid Things Even Christians Believe
Jeff Strite
Matthew 7:1-6

OPEN: Little Tommy was out on the playground during recess and was picking on the other children on the playground. One of his favorite ways of taunting the other kids was make ugly faces at them.
Mrs. Smith was the teacher in charge of supervising recess and she saw Tommy doing this. She took him aside and said ''You know, Bobby, when I was a little girl, I was told that if I made ugly faces, my face would freeze and always stay like that.''
Bobby looked up into her face and replied, ''Well, Mrs. Smith, you can't say you weren't warned.''

This morning we're going to be talking about ''judging''

You know, there are people in this world who know very little about Jesus or Christianity but they can quote you one thing Jesus did say on this topic. You know what they'll quote?
That's right: ''Judge not lest ye be judged.''

They may not know anything else Jesus said but they do know He said that.
And the reason people remember that comment is that they get very uncomfortable about other people judging them. In fact, our culture is so troubled by this idea of being ''judged'' that we have several proverbs warn us about it.

''Don't judge a book by its cover.''George Eliot
''God doesn't propose to judge a man until he's dead… so why should you?''
''Only God is in a position to look down on anyone.''
And of course, God Himself said: ''Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.'' (I Samuel 16:7)

Now why would this be such a problem?
Why would this ''judging'' stuff be so universally disliked?
Why would it be so evil that it is even condemned by God?

Well - because most everybody does it.
Most everybody judges someone else at one time or another in their lives.
Often times it's the very people that will quote Jesus: ''Judge not lest ye be judged''

What makes this worse is that most of the people who quote Jesus on thi ...


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