The technology age has placed the world at our fingertips. Just a tap on the glass of our smartphone makes the systems, software, and networks of the world available to us instantaneously. And while technology itself is rapidly changing, access to the internet is also rapidly changing our knowledge and capacity to learn.
Daniel 12:4 tells us this will happen in the last days, “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, [even] to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”
I frequently hear about inappropriate relationships made, illicit sites visited, and illegal actions taken online. Unfortunately, it can be used for sinful acts. However, while examining technology, I am reminded of Romans 5:20, “…But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”
Technology can be used for the glory of God. There are thousands of great sites and blogs where men and women of God provide a wealth of godly information. One of my favorites is the blog of my dear friend, Marty Ballestero, and I’d like to share with you the following excerpt from one of his powerful and inspired posts, “Who are you to judge me?”
How many times have we heard someone say [“Who are you to judge me?”], whether it was directed to us or to someone else? It’s easy for most of us to get offended when others express disapproval of our actions.
By nature, most of us are very private. We resent outsiders intruding uninvited into our personal lives. We automatically throw up a defensive barrier. Somewhere in all of us there is a storage room that houses cryptic phrases designed for rebuttal and justification. We quickly grab one and use it with the hopes of silencing our accuser. Sometimes, it works.
Most church members and ex-church member alike consider the act of judging a grievous fault. So, since most of us have been judged at one time or another, let us look at the subject of judging others.
As citizens, we are used to being judged every day on our skills, behavior, and performance.
Judgment is common in everyday society. Television shows, such as American Idol, judge contestants on their ability to sing and perform. At the county fair, someone will judge which pie is the best. The traffic cop judges whether or not you should be pulled over and cited. [And] every employee knows the meaning of a “performance review.”
We seem to be comfortable with the idea of being judged according to our fleshly activities. We understand that no one receives approval without a judgment of some kind. However, it’s man’s judgment of our spiritual pursuits, or lack thereof, that brings the fire into our reactions.
You’re sick and tired of others judging you? I understand. Let’s look at the subject of judging in the Bible. Is it true that Christians are told not to judge? The surprising answer is “no.” In fact, according to Scripture, those who do not judge are more likely to be led astray by false doctrines and are less than effective witnesses for Jesus Christ.
Most people who cite the Lord’s “command” not to judge, use the following quotation:
“Judge not, that ye be not judged” (Matthew 7:1).
To whom were these words spoken? This whole passage is addressed to the religious hypocrites of the day. Jesus [was warning] these self-righteous people who criticized others, but were guilty of the same things…or worse.
You’re sick and tired of others judging you? As much as our flesh doesn’t like it, church members must make judgments.
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” (Matthew 7:15–16)
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).
False prophets are to be recognized (judged) by their fruits. [But] should Christians judge each other? Absolutely! The Lord is pleased with those that judge righteously…
The print-edition of The Apostolic Witness included just this portion of Bro. Ballestero’s excellent article. We encourage you to continue reading it by clicking here to visit martynballestero.com.