"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
The jury is still out on who this quote belongs to....but it is full of truth. I know people mean well, they want peace and love and harmony, and so do I. If we listen, just for a second, to one who has been dubbed in history as the wisest of Kings, a great lesson can be learned and victory over evil won.
"There is a time for everything under the sun...a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing...a time to love, and a time to hate...a time for war, and a time for peace." Ecc 3
Think about it for a second. All of the "Do not judge"..."No one has the right to judge"...Only God can judge" comments that people say in their pursuit of peace and love are well meaning, but are somewhat unbiblical and clear the way for evil to prevail. Those who say them are also doing the exact thing they are condemning...making a judgement. It's unavoidable and necessary.
We are obviously not supposed to pass judgement on others in a proud, hurtful, uninformed and vigilante kind of way...that is a given...no argument there. God has much to say about our propensity to do that and harshly condemns that kind of behavior. I don't see a need to blog the idea and verses to support that...plenty abound. Does that mean that we must then sit back, do nothing, allow everything and wait for God to clean up evil for us? Heaven help us if we implore everyone to stop judging. You have to examine yourself to see if you are too heavy on the bad attitude side or too heavy on the free love side. As Charlie's Chocolate Factory illustrates, even the good citizens of Loompaland knew when to put away the childlike fun and admit that it served Mike Teavee right to have been shrunk by the television.
Hitler needed to be judged. ISIS must be judged. Child abusers must be judged. Thieves, bullies, liars and selfish people must be judged. I'm guessing that dealing with a selfish child is much easier to do than to wait until he is a Hitler to deal with. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. It is impossible to do this without making a judgement. We can barely function in a world full of parents, police, lawyers and judges. Political correctness and fear of man allow evil to run rampant. How can we possibly believe that good and peace will prevail in a judgement free world? Mind boggling.
One little, powerful, crucial verse...
"Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” John 7:24
I have said it before...know the difference between the words JUDGE and JUDGMENTAL. We must have the first, but never with the latter. Our attitude is the problem, not the act of calling out a truth. Please call out the truth. The world desperately needs the truth, the truth according to the Word of God. Everything else is merely opinion...fluid and formless...insecure and useless.
Please judge. We desperately need people to judge...but with a righteous judgement. Don't judge with opinion and a self-righteous attitude, with anger, hatred and vindictiveness, but with integrity, compassion and the fear of God. Everyone, from those appointed and sitting on thrones to mothers cradling future rulers, please speak truth while we still have the legal right to...and even after we lose that right. If we stop truthful tongues at the level of the commoner, we will stop it at the top...where the Jews and slaves were freed. It is not always the commoners' right to take action against an evil, that is what we have a judicial system for, but for Heavens' sake, use your voice, use your own life and practices to proclaim truth from a mountaintop. May your loving voice and holy behavior judge "...the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 6:12
It is not flesh and blood we are fighting. It is a cowardly, evil force that hides behind and uses our brothers and sisters to do it's biding. Remembering this helps to foster the judgmental free judging we are called to do.