Is It Wrong to Judge Homosexuals as a Christian?

Many are accusing those who believe what God reveals about marriage and homosexuality of being very judgmental.  They claim that only God is able to judge.  Even believers have taken a neutral stand on this issue for fear of sounding judgmental.  Romans 2.1 is often ripped from its context:  “You are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.”  Sometimes the words of the Lord Jesus are misapplied as well:  “Judge not, that you be not judged.  For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you” (Matthew 7.1-2).

Is it wrong to judge homosexuals as a Christian on the basis of Jesus words in Matthew 7?  A good way to answer this question is to realize that the Supreme Court made a judgment to reach their conclusion.  It is the exact antithesis of God’s judgment.  So two authorities, God and civil government, oppose one another.  Therefore, the Christian must take the side of God unreservedly on this issue.

The Lord Jesus would not prohibit His followers from developing discernment.   My wife knows that there are certain places that she will not go to at night.  She has judged them unsafe.  When she verbalizes this one would not think to say, “You shouldn’t judge!”  The Bible actually indicates that we should test all things and only hold fast to what is good (1 Thessalonians 5.21).  The Word of God and the Spirit of God develop discernment in our lives.  “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits (that will take judgment and discernment), whether they are of God” (1 John 4.1).

When Jesus and Paul taught about making judgments, they were not writing about those judgments made regarding what God has clearly revealed in His Word, namely judgments against the sin of homosexuality or those who participate in it.  God has already judged homosexuality as an abomination (Leviticus 18.22-23), and He has not changed His mind when in the New Testament it is referred to as a vile passion (Romans  1.26-27).

So what was Jesus talking about?  He was talking about faulty, needless, and severe judgment.  He was also reminding us that we are all sinners in need of a Savior.  Remember that lying is an abomination to God as well.  I know my own proclivity toward sin.  This keeps me compassionate, but still firm with truth.  When we consider the grace, mercy, and love of God, we must conclude that all mankind needs the revelation of righteousness found in Jesus Christ.  The problem is that most will not accept God’s revelation.  Since this is true, they are left to themselves.  They create a god to their own liking.  This is precisely what is happening in America today.

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