As I look around my office I see things I’ve had for years. For instance, over 10 years ago I purchased an office desk set from Bombay that consists of a CD holder, tape dispenser, and stapler. While cleaning my office this week I looked at this stuff that I had not used or paid close attention to for years. Then this week I put all these pieces next to each other and was reminded that I still had use for them, even a CD holder in a thumb drive, pen drive, gig stick, flash stick, jump drive, disk key, disk on key, flash-drive, memory stick, USB stick or USB memory culture.

While I share a story about inanimate things, I’m attempting to make a point about animate things. What does this have to do with "why I don't judge." We say to the persons who are down on themselves, “God still has use for you.” Do we really believe this in the deepest part of our hearts, when we feel we’ve been hurt by someone (real or perceived)? In order to stay out of the judge’s chair as it relates to the human soul I had to embrace a forgiving disposition – a philosophy of letting go.

A Biblical Perspective

Acts 9:10-19 … In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, "Ananias!" "Yes, Lord," he answered. 11 The Lord told him, "Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight." 13 "Lord," Ananias answered, "I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name." 15 But the Lord said to Ananias, "Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name." 17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord-Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here — has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit." 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

  1. In order for Ananias to answer the call he had to “let something go.” (vs 10-12)
  2. His attitude, if it were unforgiving could’ve blocked the flow, but his love for the Way, Truth, and Life was greater than his hurt, opinion, and fears (vs 13).
  3. In order for Ananias to follow the Spirit’s leading, he had to let something go (vs 15)
  4. Ask yourself, “Who are you trying to punish?” This is where the judge part comes in. The voice from heaven (not from hurt/hell) informed Ananias of this “for I will make it clear to him how much he must suffer and endure for my name’s sake.” (vs 16)

Why I don’t I judge

At the end of the day, judgment is linked to my opinion and my perception. Why don't I judge? Because it’s not my world, I didn’t create it. While I hope to make it better, I am not the Creator. The thing about judging is that the measure you use will be the measured against you - it's your standard. By my own words I am acquitted or condemned. Matt 12:36 reads But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."

Why I don't like "Joning"

"On one occasion Rabbi Eleazer son of Rabbi Simeon was coming from Migda Gedor, from the house of his teacher. He was riding leisurely on his donkey by the riverside and was feeling happy and elated because he had studied much Torah. There he chanced to meet an exceedingly ugly man who greeted him, “Peace be upon you, rabbi.” He, however, did not return his greeting but instead said to him, “Raca [“Empty one” or “Good for nothing”] how ugly you are! Is everyone in your town as ugly as you are?” the man replied, “I do not know, but go and tell the craftsman who made me, ‘How ugly is the vessel which you have made.” When Rabbi Eleazar realized that he had sinned, he dismounted from the donkey and prostrated himself before the man and said to him, “I submit myself to you, forgive me!” (Excerpt from Jesus the Jewish Theologian, Brad Young)

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