Judgement while having your own plank
Before I was truly saved I spent my time focusing on judgement on others un-Biblically. I would judge without removing the plank from my own eye. I was a hypocrite and even worse, I was a false convert. The issue with modern Christianity is that we are able to call ourselves Christian without being one. I was living in an un repentant lifestyle, which was putting me on the “Highway to Hell”.
The first passage in Matthew 7 discusses Biblical judgement. This passage is probably one of the most overused and misunderstood passages in the Bible today. Atheists and liberal “Christians” often use this text to argue that you should not worry about their lifestyle. We should not judge because we sin as well and if we all sin then we should not be judging each other.
Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
Removing my plank
Before Christ saving me in a true salvation, I enjoyed judging others without removing the plank in my own eye. As a young “Christian” man it was often easy to judge those that are living in homosexuality, alcoholism, pride-filled, etc. The problem with me, however, is that I was living in the lust of the flesh and was not repenting. That made me a hypocrite! A false convert! A lost sheep of God. And worse, I was claiming that I was representing Jesus Christ.
But what was worse was that I would have been unable to properly witness to someone that is living in sin. Even the slightest educated non Christian could have exposed me for being just like them. I knew enough about the Bible and Jesus Christ that at the end of my life I would have heard, “Depart from me”.
The importance of walking with Christ
If the church is continued to be filled with non Christian, luke-warm believers, then we will see more sin in the church. This view will lead the church to be of the world instead of not of the world. The Bride of Christ will continue to shrink and become a smaller minority of the world. Christ died and rose for our sins and most importantly, bore the wrath of God on the cross that was aimed at us. He took our punishment so we could live in repentance.
I am now living in repentance. This gives me a clear conscience to judge others in a Biblical sense. I can now lead my family in our faith in Christ and live for the great commission. It is the call for all of us who are truly saved. Biblical witnessing is the way to lead the lost to Christ. This witnessing includes showing them that they are sinners in need of a savior. There is NO sin that is too strong to not be saved from. Take Saul, who was persecuting and hunting down those who believed in God. He hated us. But God saved him and led him to do great, amazing things in his new life as Paul. Paul went on to write 13 books in the NT. Christ can take anyone and make them a new person for His Will.