Summary: If there one passage that defines this culture, it is Matthew 7:1-5. Since the Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage, this passage has been pushed to the forefront. This message examines what Jesus meant when he said, "Do not judge."
A Fractured Fairy Tale
When I was growing up, there was an older cartoon show that I enjoyed watching. It was the Rocky and Bullwinkle show. And while I thought the conflict between the heroes and the villains (Boris and Natasha) was funny what I found really clever was the transition segments the writers used between scenes. Do you remember “Fractured Fairy Tales”?
Fractured Fairy tales would be a short clip that would retell a famous fairy tale but with a twist. There would be something wrong in the retelling of the story. The new story would be slightly off from the original.
I share that illustration because if there is a passage of Scripture that captures the beliefs of today’s American culture, it is found in Matthew 7. And our culture has it summarized in three words -- “Do not judge.”
The recent SCOTUS ruling allowing gay marriages in all 50 states has brought this passage to the forefront of the discussion now more than ever. One can hardly read the newspaper editorials or go on Facebook without someone shouting out these three words. The irony is that some care very little for God’s word or God’s Kingdom yet they have suddenly become “enlightened theologians” and attempt to use these three words to shame Christians.
Don’t judge is the mantra. And Christians who don’t get on board are cast aside as judgmental hypocrites.
My point in this message is not to try and throw fire on the discussion of gay marriage. There is already too much bitter and closed dialogue on both sides of the issue. Instead, I want to talk about the passage that is used by pro LGBT'ers to try and shame us into being quiet about this cultural topic.
And I want to explore the question, “Is the world right in their interpretation of this passage? Or is what we are really seeing is just a fractured fairy tale?”
Goal: Our goal today is to define what Jesus meant when he said, “Do not Judge.”
In this passage, Jesus is preaching to an audience of Jewish people while they sit on a hillside in the region of Galilee. Thus, Matthew 5-7 gets the name, “The sermon on the Mount.” And in this passage, Jesus is addressing ideas of the Kingdom.
Several times, he says to his audience, “You have heard it taught this way, but I tell you it’s this way.”
He addresses topics such as anger, lust, materialism, service, and prayer - I’d encourage you to read it this week.
In Matthew 7:1 Jesus then addresses the idea of judgment. He says these words.
“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?