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<Yesterday I posted an article I wrote a couple years ago after an argument with a friend who was maintaining that it always wrong to state that another is doing wrong. Recently I have edited it up to be a little more consistant, but I would be grateful if one or more of you would red-pen it (i.e point out errors or ideas missing.)>
A person who judges says something along the following vein:
That person is sinning / not sinning
(Or more descriptively)
That person is acting/ not acting according to God’s will
(Or more secularly)
That person in acting in a harmful/non harmful manner
(Or more comparatively)
I am acting in a better/ worse manner than that person
Most people are uncomfortable with these statements, because, by themselves, they imply too much. In many cases, a person who says one these statements is judging sinfully. But not always.
When people say that you shouldn’t be quick to judge, they don’t mean a person shouldn’t have in mind what is right and wrong. They know that everyone has an idea of what is right and wrong. Their problem is with the condescending, or prideful attitude shown in many (if not most) examples of judging.
The tricky part is that when people have difficulty with these statements, they have difficulty with them for different reasons, all of which fall under the same name in our current lexicon – judgmentalism.
When a person calls someone else “too judgmental” or “too quick to judge,” they typically mean at least one of six different types of errant judging, which often happen concurrently: (A) Single-Sin-Focusing, (B) Conclusion-Jumping, (C) False-Prophesy, (D) Outward-Action-Policing, (E) Forgetting God’s Grace, and (F) Neglecting the Person’s Situation.