Who am I to Judge?
John 3:16 may be the most memorized verse in the Bible, but I think Matt. 7:1 must be the most often quoted verse by the ungodly. Even atheists can quote it; “Judge not that ye be not judged.”
But non-Christians are not the only ones who misquote or misapply that verse. I have been called up to jury duty several times in my life and I am always amazed by a few potential jurists who object to their call with some foolish and embarrassing statement like, “I’m a Christian and I don’t think I should judge someone else.” I think they would have been far more accurate had they stopped their sentence after the word “think.”
Even a casual reading of that verse, in its context, will reveal that Jesus is actually teaching that we should judge, that we are to use discernment and that we must uphold the Truth.
He tells his followers, “beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves” vs.15.
In verse 16 He says, “ye shall know them by their fruits” and then, after an allegory, He reminds them once again in verse 20, “ye shall know them by their fruits.”