Summary: This message examines Paul's warning against being judgmental.
Has any of you ever been guilty of one of the most deadly sins? The sin I am talking about is the one Jesus attacked more often and directly than any other sin. Still clueless? This sin is the most widely justified and practiced sin in the world. I would even venture to say that this is the sin that most people struggle with on a regular basis. Are you still in the dark? Let me phrase it another way; Do you ever have the tendency to be judgmental? This sin can also go by the name of arrogance or self-righteousness but the result is the same. We tear others down in order to make ourselves look better than we really are. When we judge others it always makes us look better than the one who we are judging. After effectively showing that mankind is sinful and deserving of God’s wrath, Paul now changes his focus. Undoubtedly, this caught his readers off guard as it does us. In this section Paul skillfully strips away the misconception that some sins are worse than others. He shows that it doesn’t matter if you have been a murderer, homosexual or an honest hard working citizen, you all are equally sinful. The point Paul is trying to make is that we have no right to make judgments about anyone else because we are all sinners deserving of God’s wrath. The bottom line is that none of us are good enough to save ourselves. Regardless of what we have or haven’t done in our lives we are dependent upon Jesus Christ for our salvation. Our goal today is to discover why Paul made such a strong stand against being judgmental.
I. Paul presents a strong case about being judgmental.
A. Understanding the biblical definition of the term judge.
1. The Greek word used to convey the concept of judging another person is krino.
a. Appears seventy-five times in the New Testament.
b. Krino generally means to pass judgment on, criticize or condemn.
2. When the Bible uses this term it often presents the idea of passing judgment without knowing or caring about all the facts.
3. In Matthew 7, Jesus likens a judgmental person to someone trying to remove a piece a saw dust from someone’s eye with a huge beam stuck in their own eye.
4. Jesus commands us to not judge others because we are not qualified to do so.
B. Paul builds a case that those who judge others are self-righteous.
1. The Jewish readers were nodding in agreement as Paul presented the awful predicament of the Gentiles and undoubtedly they agreed that the Gentiles were deserving of God’s wrath.
2. The problem is that the Jewish readers should have realized that they were in exactly the same predicament as the Gentiles.
3. The picture Paul paints is of honest, hardworking people who attend church regularly.
a. They view themselves as good and respectable people.
b. The problem is that they have become blind to their own faults and sin.
4. Paul’s point is that when you point your finger at someone else there are three fingers pointing back at yourself.
5. Paul’s makes that sobering remark that everyone is without excuse. Since none of us can keep God’s Law perfectly we all stand condemned before God.