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Christians are sometimes criticized as being judgmental for believing that Christ is the only way to heaven (isn’t that being judgmental?). Is it wrong for a Christian to judge? No; the Christian is actually required to judge.

Everyone makes judgments on a daily basis, including judgments about right and wrong. The Bible says of the Christian, “…he that is spiritual judgeth all things…” in I Corinthians 2:15 and, “…judge righteous judgment” in John 7:24. But what about Matthew 7:1, “Judge not, that ye be not judged”, doesn’t that mean you should not judge? No; the next verse says, “For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged”; it is, practically speaking, a warning that the manner in which you judge will bring judgment on you when it is not, “righteous judgment.”  James warns against unrighteous judgment, “Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?” James 2:4. The Lord rebuked the leaders for “partial” judgment when He said, “The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us” in Micah 3:11. The biblical standard of justice is quite clear: no partiality, period. No partiality to the rich, no partiality to the poor. In contrast to the words of Scripture are the words of Supreme Court Justice Elana Kagan. She wrote that the mission of the Supreme Court is to "show a special solicitude for the despised and the disadvantaged." Yet the Bible says, “Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour” in Leviticus 19:15.

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