7:1 “Do not judge so that you will not be judged.1 7:2 For by the standard you judge you will be judged, and the measure you use will be the measure you receive.2 7:3 Why3 do you see the speck4 in your brother’s eye, but fail to see5 the beam of wood6 in your own? 7:4 Or how can you say7 to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye,’ while there is a beam in your own? 7:5 You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. 7:6 Do not give what is holy to dogs or throw your pearls before pigs; otherwise they will trample them under their feet and turn around and tear you to pieces.8 (NET)
Below is some explaination of the premise of my question: (1) When we consider the above passage, do we confuse judging with having/using judgement? (2) What does it mean to judge?
This is the scripture that comes to mind when I am told not to judge. The theologians here can tell me what this means and I would like to hear because there is a second phrase which I think does not belong in the context of this passage, that is having or using judgement.
What I think I see in this Scripture is that I should not condemn. I should not put myself in the context of being your judge. It is not my place to determine your status with God or the condition of your eternal soul. Its not my place to damn anyone.
What I think I do not see in the Scripture is any admonishment of having or using judgement to make decisions. In the context of the or Church structure, I do not see this applying to how we make decisions on our Church leaders.
In a micro example, if for example a church were to have a convicted pedophile attending, we would love them, accept them, nurture them in their Christian faith (we would not judge them), however, we would not install them as our 3d grade SS teacher, nor put them in our workforce ministering to minors (we would use judgement). In a macro example, if we have a Nazarene elder who clearly does not agree with our articles of faith, we do not remove them based on their relationship with Jesus Chirst (we do not judge them), rather we remove them based on their failure to uphold their word on ordination as a Nazarene Elder (we use judgement).