One of the marks of Christian maturity is being judgmental. The author of Hebrews tells his readers this in the last verse of chapter five:
But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. (Hebrews 5:14, ESV)
The mature believer is one who has been consistently improving his or her judgmental skills. The word distinguish in Hebrews 5:14 is a Greek word that relates to judgment. It is one of a number of Greek words used in the New Testament that concern judging. The common theme is that of distinguishing, discerning, or separating. Judging is fundamentally about categorizing things. It is about making distinctions between two options. This is why the idea of separating the good from the evil is a common judgment theme in the Bible. In Matthew 25, Jesus describes the final judgment in terms of separating one group of people from another group of people:
“Before him [the Son of Man] will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. (Matthew 25:32, ESV, emphasis added)
Jesus uses similar language when referring to the final judgment in the Parable of the Net found in the thirteenth chapter of Matthew’s gospel.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:47-50, ESV, emphasis added)
A basic biblical definition of judgment would be the act of distinguishing between good and evil. And the Bible tells us here in Hebrews 5:14 that the ability to judge or distinguish between good and and evil is a mark of Christian maturity.
That being said, it is undeniable that one of the greatest criticisms and objections to their message is that Christians are too judgmental. Many people claim they are “turned off” to Christianity because Christians are so “judgmental” and “condescending.” In fact, even many professing Christians are in agreement. Articles with the following titles show that many within the church agree with the assessment of non-Christians:
- Five Ways Judgmental Christians are Killing Your Church
- A Simple Method to Avoid Being a Judgmental Christian
It should be noted that being judgmental and being condescending are not the same thing. If the only objection is that Christians look down on others and feel they are superior to others, then I have no defense to offer. Christians are not to be condescending. It’s been rightly said that a Christian sharing the gospel message is akin to one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread. We should never present the gospel message in a way that says, “I am better than you.” (As we will see shortly, the Christian is one who has properly evaluated himself as a sinner that deserves God’s judgment!) However, the Christian is certainly better off than the non-Christian, because he has been saved by Jesus. When I speak of judgment, I want to define it in its most basic sense, which would distinguish it from being condescending. And if the non-Christian who objects to Christians being judgmental is honest, he will have to admit that there is a big difference. For example, I can make the judgment that making fun of someone and calling them names is evil, and yet not present myself as being “superior” to people who do those things. I used to do those things myself! However, what often happens is this: since I no longer do those things, people can assume that I am being condescending when I simply point out that such things are wrong. But what if someone who was doing those very acts said to his bully friend, “You know, this is pretty evil”? No one would ever think that person was being condescending, even though he is definitely judging. You see, judging deals with making distinctions between good and evil. Being condescending relates to our personal evaluation of ourselves in relation to other people.
Proper judgment is essential to life in general, Christian discipleship in particular, and spreading the good news of Jesus properly. Nevertheless, it is one of the greatest stumbling blocks to many people. What I would like to do in this post is present three reasons why Christians should be judgmental.
- God is a righteous judge and we are made in his image.
- Becoming a Christian means judging yourself and Jesus accurately.
- Jesus demands judgmental followers.
Reason #1: God is a righteous judge and we are made in his image.
One objection to Christians being judgmental is this: “God is a God of love, not judgment.” Let me say first of all, that this statement seems to assume that love and judgment are mutually exclusive. God is, in fact, both a God of love and a God of judgment. The Bible tells us in 1 John 4:8 that “God is love.” And the Bible tells us in Psalm 7:8 that “the LORD judges the peoples.” Three verses later, in Psalm 7:11, the Bible says that “God is a righteous judge.” God is both a God of love and a God of judgment.
When you read the Bible, both Old and New Testament, you soon see that God is in the business of distinguishing between good and evil. God is, in this sense, very judgmental. You only need to read to the third chapter of Genesis to see that God judges Adam and kicks him out of the garden, cursing the ground and making man’s work toilsome:
And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life.” (Genesis 3:17)
God distinguishes Adam’s actions as evil and separates him from the blessing of the Garden of Eden. How judgmental! You read a few more chapters in Genesis and you see that God is judging again. This time, he evaluates all of mankind prior to sending a global flood:
The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Genesis 6:5)
God judged mankind for their evil and brought a flood to destroy everyone except Noah and his family. God judged the world and showed love to Noah. Read a bit further and you get to Exodus and the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments are all about God distinguishing between good behavior (obedience to his Law-Word) and evil behavior (disobedience to his Law-Word). The argument that God is not a God of judgment cannot stand. If you claim to be a Christian and yet maintain the argument that God is not a God of judgment, you simply do not believe in the God of the Bible. The fact of the matter is that you have misunderstood one of the most fundamental aspects of the character of God: he is a judge.
Suppose someone accepts that God is a judge, but then says the following: “God may be the judge, but you and I are not to judge!” I have often heard people say things like, “God judges, not you.” Or, “You should let God judge people instead of telling them they are sinning.” To put it in a modern context, consider the homosexual issue. When those “judgmental” Christians rightly judge homosexual behavior as evil, distinguishing it from good, proper sexual relations, some people are prone to say, “Why don’t you let God be the judge? Who are you to judge the homosexual?” Or it could be the abortion issue: “Who are you to say abortion is evil. God is the judge.” Or premarital sex: “Who are you to say what behavior is bad? God is the judge.” Or even the command to repent in general: “Who are you to say that someone who doesn’t believe in Jesus is wrong? God is the judge, not you.” You get the point. The objection is that we―mere people―are not to judge.
Despite the remonstrance of the objectors, judgment is an inescapable quality of human existence. Those who object to people judging do not simply have a problem with Christianity, but with the entire race of humanity. The idea of judgment is ubiquitous in human existence. This is because judgment comes from the mind of God. We were created to judge. Unlike the animals, we were crafted to distinguish between good and evil. The aardvark and the antelope don’t judge between good and evil. Yet humans do. The bear and the beaver don’t separate good conduct from evil conduct. Yet humans do. Why are humans unequivocally given to judge things? It is because they are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). As we saw earlier, God is a judge. And since we are made in his image we have the capacity and the unavoidable inclination to judge. We were made to be little judges.
One of the very first things that God did after creating man was to give him the responsibility to judge:
The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:15-16)
God makes a distinction: this tree over here and all the other trees. He tells man to stay away from one tree. The first command he gives, even before the command to be fruitful and multiply, if my understanding of the account of creation is correct, is a command to judge between things. To discern. To distinguish. It wasn’t difficult to figure out. God made it clear, but man still had to accept the judgment that God made.
God created men and women to bear his image and “mirror” him. Wisdom, therefore, is mirroring God’s thoughts. It is thinking God’s thoughts after him. To be wise, then, is to judge as God judges. It is to see as good what God sees as good and to see as evil that which God sees as evil. This is why when Solomon asked for wisdom he worded his request in terms of being able to discern, or judge, between good and evil:
“Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” (1 Kings 3:9, ESV, emphasis added)
This why the Proverbs link the fear of the Lord, wisdom, and hating evil:
The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate. (Proverbs 8:13)
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. (Provbers 9:10)
True wisdom is being able to think God’s thoughts after him, discerning good from evil, and abhorring the evil and holding fast to the good (Romans 12:9). Christians should strive to be judgmental, then, because properly judging is what people were created to do.
Reason #2: Becoming a Christian means judging yourself and Jesus accurately.
The question is not if we will judge, but how we will judge. Will we judge rightly or will we judge wrongly? Jesus told his detractors: “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment” (John 7:24). That timeless command applies to us today: “Judge with right judgment.”
God created man and woman to judge between good and evil and choose the good. To put it another way, he created man to obey his commands (the good) and reject disobedience (the evil). Man’s responsibility was to accept God’s command and make his judgment accordingly. Of course, Adam disobeyed God and the result was the Fall of man into sin. The Fall, then, was a result of man judging improperly and choosing the evil (disobedience) instead of the good. The Fall brought with it a confounding of our judging ability. One of the easiest ways to see this is to ask people to judge themselves. A man judging himself aright should concur with God’s judgment. The Bible says that all are guilty before God (Romans 3:19), none is righteous (Romans 3:10), the heart of man is desperately sick and deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9), and fallen man’s righteous deeds are like filthy rags before the Lord (Isaiah 64:6). But I’ve spoken with a lot of non-Christians and it has not been my experience that most of them are quick to judge themselves rightly. The Bible says in Proverbs 20:6: “Most men will proclaim each his own goodness” (NKJV). Most men and women will, in fact, judge themselves as “pretty good.” The Fall has brought with it a confusion and confounding of judgment and discernment. Now man is prone to make great errors in judgment: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death” (Proverbs 14:12). It seems right, it seems good, but it is wrong! We fail to judge properly.
Reader, if you are a non-Christian, at the very root of your sin problem is the problem of judging improperly. Recognizing that you are a sinner means recognizing that you have failed to judge yourself aright. You’ve evaluated yourself as “pretty good.” But you are not―none of us are. When we look at God’s standard of judgment, we see that we have taken the wrong path. To put it bluntly, but truthfully, you are not following Christ―you are following Satan.
That’s our problem as fallen sinners apart from Christ: we cannot even rightly judge between Christ and Satan. This is one of the greatest manifestations of the doctrine of total depravity. Sin has so corrupted humankind that we cannot discern between Christ and Satan. If you read through the Gospels, you will see that one of the common themes is that unbelievers evaluated Jesus as demonic (Matthew 10:25, 12:24; Luke 11:15; John 7:20, 8:48, 10:20). They judged Jesus as evil. So much so that they eventually put him to death.
And this is the problem with the natural man, the non-Christian. He cannot judge properly. And why can he not judge properly? It is not an intellectual problem. The problem is that he has put his own standard of judgment in place of God’s. This behavior is condemned in Scripture:
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20)
There is God’s judgment against sin. Woe to those who sin in this way! Woe to those who pervert God’s standard of judging and call good evil and evil good. This the epitome of judging wrongly. Why do men do this? The next verse tells us.
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight. (Isaiah 5:21)
The natural man cannot stop judging. He just uses a different standard, his own fallen reasoning. But the point is this: judging is still happening. We may hear people talk about “no judgment,” but that talk is illusory. For example, those who want “no judgment” when it comes to homosexual behavior will judge those who stand for traditional marriage. Sinners hate God and hate his judgment, so they try to destroy the very concept of judging. But you cannot destroy the concept of judging, you can only replace God’s standard with man’s standard.
In conversion, God begins to reverse our improper use of judgment. When God saves a someone, he takes a natural person and makes him a spiritual person. He grants the gift of repentance which makes a man come to his senses (2 Timothy 2:26) and judge the things of God correctly:
The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. (1 Corinthians 2:14-15, ESV)
Sye Ten Bruggencate says something that is quite true: “Jesus didn’t just die to save our souls for eternity, he died to save our reasoning now.” When Jesus saves a sinner, he doesn’t just wash away their sins and forgive them, he restores to them their reasoning and their judgment. We don’t judge perfectly immediately, but the work of sanctification begins. In fact, the very initial salvific act of regeneration deals with restoring to a sinner his proper judgment about himself and about Christ. John Calvin said:
Our wisdom, in so far as it ought to be deemed true and solid Wisdom, consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves.
Before someone is saved, they do not even have the proper judgment about themselves. They think they are good. And they judge Christ as unworthy of their submission. And that’s why the sinner is so lost. That’s why I was so lost before Christ saved me. The non-Christian cannot even discern properly about himself and about Christ (God). How can he get anything else right? This is not bashing or putting people down, it is just calling it like it is. I was right there, lost, walking in the path that I thought was right! In conversion, however, a man comes to have proper judgment about himself and about Christ.
First, he judges himself aright for the first time in his life. He no longer proclaims his own goodness. He no longer judges himself as “pretty good.” Like, Paul, he sees himself as a wicked sinner:
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the word to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. (1 Timothy 1:15, ESV)
Any true Christian will be able to make Paul’s words his own. “I am the foremost, or chief, of sinners.” That is a test for you today, friend, If you cannot make that assertion and judge it as accurate about yourself, then you have not come to judge yourself properly and you have not come to Christ. You may claim to follow Christ, but you don’t. Friend, if that’s you, if you claim to be a Christian but have never judged yourself as a wicked sinner, then let me just be honest with you: you don’t understand the Bible. You don’t understand Christianity. You don’t know Jesus. One of the most fundamental teachings of the New Testament is that Jesus saves wicked sinners. You can’t have Jesus and not embrace that truth. That’s why Paul was so adamant about it: “the saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance.” Christ came into the world to save sinners! A man who truly comes to Christ has judged himself aright.
Secondly, he judges Christ aright. Here’s what I mean: he makes the correct distinction that Christ is not Satan—in other words Christ is not bad but good. Why did the religious leaders of the day and the masses put Christ to death? They judged him as evil. Why did the Apostle Paul, before he was converted, persecute Christians? Because he saw Jesus as evil. When someone truly becomes a Christian, they see Christ for who he is, in all his glory, beauty, splendor, and goodness. They judge it as a good thing that Jesus is the Lord. They judge it as a good thing that Jesus demands their obedience. In 2 Corinthians 4:4, unbelievers are described as those who cannot see “the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” They cannot see that Jesus Christ is worthy of their allegiance and love. When Jesus was on the earth, unbelievers could see him, but they judged him wrongly. They failed to discern that this man is the essence of goodness. And today, people can read the Bible, they can listen to preaching, they can hear the gospel, but they fail to judge Christ rightly. If they judged him rightly, they would bow down and worship him, they would love him with everything they have and they would speak highly of him to others. In conversion, a person comes to have that proper judgment about Christ. They don’t say, “You have a demon,” or “Yeah, I’m not sure.” There is no neutrality! But they come to say, “You are the Christ the Son of the Living God―I will follow you all the days of my life.”
Proper judgment is a gift of conversion. It starts with a proper understanding of yourself and Christ. You stand in judgment on yourself, condemning yourself and casting yourself at the foot of the cross. You don’t come to the cross, saying, “Well, I am a little messed up.” You come as a self-indicted enemy of God.
Christians, therefore, should not shy away from being judgmental. They should not stop judging things as good or evil when they become a Christian. Rather, they should seek to grow in wisdom (i.e. the ability to discern between good and evil). They should never forget that they are saved by grace, not any merit of their own. This will prevent them from “looking down” on non-Christians. However, they must not abandon being judgmental after properly judging for the first time! Conversion produces a people that judge accurately. Since men will always judge, we are better off with more people judging accurately, according to God’s standard, rather than man’s standard.
Reason #3: Jesus demands judgmental followers.
Upon reading the New Testament, a person is struck with an unavoidable verity: Jesus talked a lot about judgment. Furthermore, the Apostle Paul says that Jesus “is to judge the living and the dead” (2 Timothy 4:1). If you cannot stomach the idea of judgment, then you will not like this man Jesus.
At the heart of Jesus’ message was repentance. Jesus preached, “Repent and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). Jesus proclaimed, “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” Luke 13:3). The 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith defines repentance in the following manner:
This saving repentance is an evangelical grace, whereby a person, being by the Holy Spirit made sensible of the manifold evils of his sin, doth, by faith in Christ, humble himself for it with godly sorrow, detestation of it, and self-abhorrency, praying for pardon and strength of grace, with a purpose and endeavour, by supplies of the Spirit, to walk before God unto all well-pleasing in all things. (1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, Chapter 15, Paragraph 3, emphasis added)
Repentance involves judging your sins as evil. The writers of the confession cited the following passage in the Bible when defining repentance:
Then you will remember your evil ways, and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves for your iniquities and your abominations. (Ezekiel 36:31)
The entrance into Christian discipleship, the first step in being a follower of Jesus, is to repent of your wicked sins and believe in Christ. The first thing Jesus demands of you is to be judgmental with yourself. Even when dealing with the humble and broken, Jesus still commanded them to judge between good and evil behavior. To the lame man whom he healed in John 5 he said: “Sin no more” (John 5:14). To the woman caught in adultery, he said, “Go, and from now on sin no more” (John 8:11). Jesus demands that his followers judge between good and evil behavior according to God’s Word.
The Christian walk is one of growing in obedience. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Growing in Christ is about becoming more and more like Christ. It is about growing in conformity to God’s Law. This is why we are told in the Bible to put off the wrong thoughts and put on the right thoughts. To stop doing such and such, and start doing such and such. You don’t become a Christian and then not make any more judgments about how you are going to live. Unfortunately, many have “entered” “Christianity” erroneously. They have claimed to come to Christ without properly understanding themselves or Christ―and so now they are haphazard in their discipleship. They think being a Christian means going to church (if that) and just “loving” Jesus with no discernment as to what it means. But the Bible tells Christians in Ephesians 5 to “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise” (v. 15) and “do not be foolish but understand what the will of the Lord is” (v. 17). You cannot progress an inch in the Christian life without judging things. All of your life is made up of decisions and when you become a Christian, the flesh, the world, and Satan, are going to tempt you and pull you toward evil choices. Bitterness, impatience, greed, lust, impurity, pride, sexual immorality, selfishness, lack of reverence for God, lack of love for the brothers—basically, a lack of obedience to God’s Law-Word. In all these the temptations you will face as a Christian, you have to judge.
But Jesus doesn’t simply demand that his followers be judgmental with themselves. He demands that we proclaim the gospel message. He demands that we proclaim the message of repentance—a message that is inherently judgmental.
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.” (Luke 24:45-48).
The gospel message declares that we have all sinned and need to repent. It declares that all need a Savior. It declares that Jesus has been victorious over the grave and has paid the price for sin for all those who repent and believe in him. Can you see how this message is “judgmental”? It declares we all have sinned. It declares that some actions are right and some actions are wrong. If you are not willing to be judgmental in this sense, then you are not willing to follow Christ. However, the true follower of Christ cannot deny God’s standard of right and wrong and he cannot shy away from speaking the truth.
Some will object and say, “Didn’t Jesus say, ‘Judge not.'” Yes, yes he did. Let’s look at the quote in context.
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:1-5)
Jesus is condemning judging with biased judgment. He is condemning a hypocritical spirit which finds faults in others without recognizing your own sin. He is denouncing hypocrites who do not judge themselves properly and yet will judge others. Even in this passage however, Jesus is actually commanding right judgment. He tells people to first judge themselves properly, and then they might evaluate others. A few verses later, Jesus gives an even more explicit command to judge or distinguish between good and bad fruit:
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.” (Matthew 7:15-17)
Jesus demands that his followers judge between bad fruit and good fruit. He calls us to recognize false prophets by judging their fruits.
Another passage that people twist out of context is 1 Corinthians 5:12-13:
For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.” (1 Corinthians 5:12-13)
Some will take this passage and say, “See! The Bible says we shouldn’t judge those outside the church! This means we should not say homosexual behavior or abortion or premarital sex or theft or greed or pride or whatever is a sin.” Is this what it means? Once again, a simple reading of the context goes a long way. The context of this passage is someone in the church committing sexual immorality (1 Corinthians 5:1-2). The Apostle Paul “pronounced judgment” on this person (1 Corinthians 5:3) and urged the church in Corinth to kick this unrepentant sinner out of the church (1 Corinthians 5:4-8). He then tells the Corinthians that while they cannot escape interacting with sexually immoral people, greedy people, swindlers, and idolaters (all judgment statements by Paul!), they can keep the church pure of such unrepentant sinners (1 Corinthians 5:9-11). Finally, he says, “What have I to do with judging outsiders?” He then reminds them that their job is to keep the church pure and “purge the evil person.” But the evil person goes where? Outside the church. A distinction is being made here. A person outside the church is not subject to church discipline, but he is certainly subject to the gospel call to repent of sin and believe in Christ! To say that this passage teaches us not to call out sin in the world is not based on the passage and inconsistent with the rest of Scripture.
The New Testament makes it clear that Christians were to judge with right judgment. The Didache, one of the earliest Christian texts other than the Bible, confirms this:
But the second commandment of the teaching is this. Thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not commit adultery; thou shalt not corrupt youth; thou shalt not commit fornication; thou shalt not steal; thou shalt not use soothsaying; thou shalt not practise sorcery; thou shalt not kill a child by abortion, neither shalt thou slay it when born; thou shalt not covet the goods of thy neighbour.
Thou shalt judge righteously; thou shalt not accept the person of any one to convict him of transgression.
From the beginning, Jesus’ followers have understood that they are to judge righteously, according to God’s standard. The idea that Christians should not make distinctions between right and wrong behavior in their evangelism is nonsensical.
If we’re accused of being prejudiced simply because we believe something to be wrong, a helpful response is to ask a question in reply: “Do you think that anything is absolutely right or wrong? Do good and evil actually exist, or do we just make it all up as we go along?” . . . Most of us want to say that there is such a thing as right and wrong, good and evil. To deny this leads to a terrible relativism. For the relativist, nothing is absolutely right or wrong, ethics is merely illusion, there are simply choices. Hitler made choices, Mother Theresa made choices, but who is to say that one set of choices is better than another? Any worldview that cannot properly and intelligently talk about “good” and “evil” is a non-starter. (Andy Bannister)
It is impossible to live the Christian life or share the message of Jesus without distinguishing between good and evil. Jesus demands that we do so and he demands that we do so with right judgment.
Christians are commanded to be judgmental (John 7:24). They are called to grow into maturity and practice proper judgment of good and evil (Hebrews 5:24). The call for Christians is to know the Word of God better so that we might grow in wisdom (i.e. discerning good and evil) in our everyday life.
The world doesn’t need less judgmental Christians, it needs more of them. Next time someone tells you that Christians are too judgmental, remember that they are just as judgmental, and they need Jesus just as much as you do. But do not shy away from calling sin what it is. Christian, the Bible says that we are to judge the world and angels, are we not competent to declare God’s clear standards to this world that is desperate for Christ? The world is desperate for judgmental Christians. They have confounded themselves, calling a Satan-honoring relationship “marriage” and calling a boy a girl and a man a woman. They have perverted their judgment, calling murder “healthcare.” It is so clear that they are desperate for proper judgment, for proper distinction-making. We have the only message that can save both their souls and their judgment. Let us take this message to the world. And let us do it with humility and compassion, knowing that we can only be judgmental Christians because Jesus saved us and restored to us our proper reason.