Judging you, judging me
I’ve been thinking about something someone else wrote, on a site that’s gone now, or I’d let you read the original. He claimed to have the right to decide what’s good and what’s bad, because the bible does make judgments on people. She said that the phrase “Judge not” was just a sound bite rather than sound theology. She and I have another disagreement, he claims that the vision of Peter refers only to food, that the laws in the old testament are the same we should believe today except for food alone. I doubt she practices that when it doesn’t suit.
Piper, you have the right to decide what’s good and what’s bad? Sorry, I still think that’s God’s prerogative. And since you believe we have the right to judge each other, I call down judgment upon you and yours.
…or does that sound just a little strange?
Seriously, I do not hate you and even if it were in my power I would never condemn you. Piper, you don’t have the right to judge because you don’t expect to be judged. Unless you’re saying you’ve already earned your salvation on your own? I wonder if you believe in grace. It’s not just a sound bite, it’s the word of God.
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, `Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” –Mathew 7:1-5
BTW, I re-read acts since everyone was focused on the food side of things. The issue is not food, but people: “You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.” –Acts 11:3 They weren’t angry about what he ate, and neither are you. You’d judge me by the company I keep.