I’ve known a few judges over the years. They are decent and honorable men. I’ve heard of judges who were corrupt and dishonest. People who serve as judges hold a good bit of power over others. They have the authority to pronounce someone guilty or innocent based upon the facts of the case before them.
I’ve also seen fellow believers assume the role of judge. They tell others what is right and what is wrong. They judge behavior, but they also judge motive. I believe this to be very dangerous for believers. Check this out…1 God, we thank you; we thank you because you are near. We tell about the miracles you do. 2 You say, “I set the time for trial, and I will judge fairly. 3 The earth with all its people may shake, but I am the one who holds it steady. 6 No one from the east or the west or the desert can judge you. 7 God is the judge; he judges one person as guilty and another as innocent. (Psalm 75:1-3; 6-7 NCV)
Jesus speaks against judging other people. I don’t believe it’s judging someone when you simply note a characteristic of their behavior. For example, if I’ve got a brother who curses regularly and I call him out, I’m not judging him, I’m holding him accountable for a behavior. If I tell others that he obviously can’t be a Christian and talk like that, then I’ve just passed judgment. I also must be careful to pass judgment on motive. Only God really knows a person’s heart. God is the only One Who knows my heart and He’s the only One Who knows my motives. Therefore, He is the only One capable of passing judgment.
I don’t think I would make a good judge anyway. When I watch a trial, I get bogged down in procedures and case law. It’s way more complicated than it seems. I’m thankful that I know the Lawgiver and Judge and because of Grace I’m “Not Guilty”.Pressing On! Dwayne