One of the common criticisms about Christianity is that people often feel as if Christians “hate” people, and are very judgmental. In this article, I will attempt to explain why Christians give off this vibe, and are sometimes mislabeled as “hateful or judgmental.” I will also explain why sometimes we do make judgments.
But here’s an interesting point: If you think Christians are judgmental, you must surely realize that YOU TOO are judgmental. How would you ever know that Christians judge, if you weren’t judging them? Aha! Saying that Christians are judgmental is a judgment, which makes you judgmental too. So you are not any better. Let’s face it, as human beings, we make judgments. The Bible tells us to even make some judgments.
Doesn’t the Bible Say Not to Judge? Why Do Christians Judge People?
It is true that Jesus told us the following:
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “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?—-Matthew 7:1-5
From the reading of this passage, it is clear that we shouldn’t be hypocrites when judging. In other words, if we say stealing is wrong, we should NOT go around stealing. If we say adultery is wrong, we better not be cheating on our spouses. And yes, there are some hypocrites in Christianity. But not all Christians judge hypocritically. Many judge appropriately.
The Bible actually commands that we don’t judge HYPOCRITICALLY. It doesn’t say that we shouldn’t judge and discern behavior or people at all. In fact, it actually suggests that we should several times.
Matthew 7:15 tells us to do the following:
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
How would we know if someone was a “false prophet” unless we make judgements and discernments about their teachings and actions? We couldn’t! So must be able to judge people’s actions and teachings.
Again, in Romans 16:17 we find the following:
I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.
And in 1 Colossians 5 we see:
9 I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.
What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked man from among you.”
In the verses above we see that again we are supposed to exercise caution, and a discerning judgment against all people, and even a stronger judgement for actual believers. Otherwise, how would we know if they were sexually immoral, greedy, or anything else unless we made that judgment about them in our mind?
Notice how Paul says that “God will judge those outside the church.” He is referring to the “Great Judgement” here. He is not saying we should not exercise caution and discerning judgment ourselves from ALL people. We should. He is simply saying that God will deal with those who reject him in the judgment, and Christians should help keep Christians in line by constantly encouraging, judging, and correcting each other when necessary. It is also important to judge ourselves.
Did Jesus Judge People?
The sad fact is, most people who get angry with Christians and claim they are judgmental, only do so because they are living in wicked sin. When this sin is brought up, they are convicted and feel bad about themselves. But rather than change, they want to cling to their sins, and so they become angry.
Most people of this world who are unsaved HATE Jesus. Oh sure, they have no problem with the Jesus who says “Love thy enemy.” They love that part of Jesus. They have no problem with the Jesus who healed the sick. They have no problem with the Jesus who fed the multitude. They have no problem with the innocent little baby Jesus in a manger. In fact, most don’t even have a problem with Jesus dying on a cross.
Do you want to know the reason people hate Jesus? Here’s why:
“The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it, that its deeds are evil.”
People hate the Jesus that testifies that their sins are wicked. Any Christian who points out their sin is also quickly labeled as a bigot, a hater, judgmental, etc. Pointing out a wicked sin to an unsaved person is like pouring salt in an infected wound. You’re trying to heal, but all they do is scream and get upset.
Conclusion: All People Make Judgements, Not Just Christians. We Hate Sin, but Not Sinners
In conclusion, Christians hate sin, not sinners. We are told to love our enemies. At the same time, we are told to stay away from sinful behavior, to stay on the narrow path, and to keep God’s laws in our hearts and minds.
Thus, because we strive to do this, we must constantly judge ourselves and others’ behavior. We must correct sin in ourselves, and help instruct others of sins they may be doing.
let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
This often gives Christians a label as if we are judgemental. Of course we all judge to some degree. Who doesn’t? I have yet to meet one human being of any religion that isn’t judgmental about something or someone. And the Bible actually commands us to judge many things and even people (just not hypocritically). Discerning things is a part of the human experience. We all think and reason, and because of this, we all make judgements daily, hourly, sometimes by the minute.
The important thing is not whether or not Christians are judgmental, but whether or not you have judged yourself. You’re going to meet Jesus one day whether you like it not. You can meet him as loving savior, or as the judge of wickedness. That’s your choice. Right now you can receive forgiveness for every sin you’ve ever committed by repenting and trusting Jesus Christ as your savior. Will you do that today? Will you place your faith in the risen Christ, and have eternal life?