This is the week when the United States begins confirmation hearings for the next potential Supreme Court Justice, Sonya Sotomayor. Whether or not you agree with this woman’s personal statements or previous policy judgments, you should appreciate her story of overcoming adversity and success as a Hispanic woman and a judge. I will not speak further to that here, but do wish to address the subject of Judgment and how there is clearly a coming judgment that we all will face! In fact, there are things that you should be doing right now to prepare….
There is a great misunderstanding of judging today. Some think that you should judge nothing and others think that you should judge everything (you may even wish to review some of my other articles like the 06-16-09 Blog, “Mind Your Own Business!”). Right or wrong, the fact is that we all judge and form opinions about things and even about other people. I adjure you J to think with me further here and consider that you must learn to judge righteously and first judge yourself. You must also remember that there is a soon coming judgment on the world and that you individually will stand before the ultimate Judge to give an account for your life.
As I have recently written, with all of the knowledge and understanding of things that we have today, we most certainly need to do a better job at discernment. That is essentially what judging is. You take two or more things, weigh them against each other, bring in what ever other standard you apply and then formulate an opinion. Whether or not your opinion squares with reality and the revelation we have is another question. Just consider the real life situation of how NASA decides whether or not to proceed with a space launch, as they have been doing with a particular plan that has been delayed now (even again as I am writing this) since June 13th. There are some things that we cannot know and those are the things that we should be careful to not judge and certainly not misjudge.
All judgment begins with you! If you judge yourself in accordance with reality and God’s revelation, you need not fear your coming judgment in standing before HIM to give an account. Consider the biblical principle taught in 1 Corinthians 11:31:
“For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.”
GOD expects us to live up to the knowledge and ability HE has given to us. When you do not do this, HE allows for you to reap what you have sown (see Galatians 6:7ff or even my 06-20-08 Blog, “Reaping and Sowing”). Those who are God’s adopted sons and daughters (c.f. Galatians 4:5ff) are particularly under the parental control and correction of GOD Himself (Hebrews 12:5ff). Even those who do not know or care to know GOD now, will one day give an account to HIM for what they have done with their life and whether or not they have accepted the Son of GOD.
Friend, as you think more about judgment this week and the future of this great Country of America and even of our world, please remember to judge yourself and please remember that you will give an account for all you have done, both good and bad. If you do not have forgiveness through the Person of Jesus Christ, then you had better further consider the eternal judgment that you will face at GOD’S Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11ff).