Is It Really Our Calling to Be Such Judgmental People?


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It’s my privilege to share an article from a great friend and fellow blogger today. She’s a straight-shooter, and her words go right to the heart. God used her words to challenge me. I believe you will be challenged as well!



You know, I have yet to find a place in the Bible where God says we must only eat organic food and that all processed food is evil.

I haven’t found a scripture verse yet to confirm that leggings are evil, even when worn modestly with long shirts.

If there is scripture to back up that vaccinations are the spawn of Satan and should be outlawed, and the parents who choose to use them thrown in jail, I haven’t found it.

We are people who are often quick to judge - especially when people don't do things like we do. But, is it really our place to be such judgmental people? #judge #truthinlove #speaktruth #grace

Is It Really Our Calling to Be Such Judgmental People?

What’s the dealio?

I can’t log into Facebook without someone telling me that my GMO grapefruit is going to cause me to sprout an eyeball in the back of my head. I am as worried about the quality of my food as the next person, but lately, it seems like grace has flown straight out the window!

What happened to speaking the Truth in love to one another?

What happened to speaking the Truth in love to one another? Nicki Schroeder Click To Tweet

We are people who are often quick to judge - especially when people don't do things like we do. But, is it really our place to be such judgmental people? #judge #truthinlove #speaktruth #grace

Especially within the Body of Christ?

Even about things like grapefruit.

Even if we don’t agree with everything someone says or does. Or like what clothes they wear to church. Or support the missions and causes they believe in. Do we have to agree with their stance on vaccinations? Or whether they, heaven forbid, choose to send their kids to public school. What if they let their family eat processed foods. Or vote for a candidate we don’t agree with.

Why do we have to be so condescending to people that hold different viewpoints?

Whatever happened to grace?

I’m guilty of this too, no one is perfect, it’s sadly part of our human sin nature.

Let’s think about it this way, to all the nonbelievers watching, reading and listening to our every move, it’s no wonder many of them don’t want to follow Christ. When they see us tearing each other apart, even in the little things, are we showing them what it means to follow Jesus?

Stop being so judgmental. Let God do His job.

I’m pretty sure God would like us to eat a piece of fruit over a pound of processed sugar, it’s common sense that one is better than the other. But really, if you choose the less healthy choice on occasion, I don’t think your soul will suffer, even if your waistline does.

It’s not Biblical to rip apart or gossip about whatever group of people, cause or thing of the moment irks you. Or comment on the clothes someone is wearing to church. Or the type of car someone drives. It’s not okay to air people’s dirty laundry through the guise of a “prayer request.”

“Don’t judge me because I sin differently from you.” 

Dieter Uchtdorf

Don't judge me because I sin differently from you. Dieter Uchtdorf Click To Tweet

We are people who are often quick to judge - especially when people don't do things like we do. But, is it really our place to be such judgmental people? #judge #truthinlove #speaktruth #grace

Seriously, I am guilty of this too, no one is perfect…that’s why we need Jesus. But we still need to take stock in our words, and actions, and how they can impact others in their faith journey.

And while I’m on my soapbox

Let me point out that even in the theological realm, it’s not very nice to tell someone who believes in free will that they are ignorant and missing the boat on the topic of election. Or on the flip side, because they believe in election, they can’t possibly understand God’s grace.

As my grandma would always say, “Go place nice in the sandbox with others.”

Or in other words, “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”

I really think she was on to something.

Even when we speak to others on issues of great theological importance and epic soul consequence, we can still remember to speak the Biblical truth in a loving manner.

Even when we speak to others on issues of great theological importance and epic soul consequence, we can still remember to speak the Biblical truth in a loving manner. Click To Tweet

As we spread God’s word to the most remote corners of the universe and the darkest depths of one’s soul, we must remember to stop putting others down and shaming them for their sins. That’s not our job. There is only one Judge.

Through the Cross, there is great redemption, everlasting love, abundant hope, immeasurable mercy & overflowing grace.

Without the Cross, there is only God’s wrath and the deepest pits of darkness.

Without the Cross, there is only God’s wrath and the deepest pits of darkness. Nicki Schroeder Click To Tweet

“Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Hebrews 12:2

We are people who are often quick to judge - especially when people don't do things like we do. But, is it really our place to be such judgmental people? #judge #truthinlove #speaktruth #grace

God says that we must love one another as Christ loves the church. (John 13:34-35) And that we must speak the truth in love. (Ephesians 4:15) We are even told that how we judge others, we will one day be judged in the same manner. (Matthew 7:1)

OUCH. I’m in big trouble! How about you? That’s a pretty tall order from the Man In Charge.

All I can say is thank God for His grace, and new mercies that greet us every morning.

Your Grace Challenge

1. Are you living up to His standards? Even on the little things?

2. What areas do you find you most often judge others? Is it food, lifestyle, clothing, attitude, etc.

3. Psychologists say, just in case you are interested, that the areas we judge other people are the areas in our own character that we seem to struggle the most with. What do you think about THAT? Does that put some of your own “issues” into a little more perspective?

4. What is ONE THING you can do TODAY to help UNDO some of the judgment you have heaped on a loved one? Maybe send a sweet little card in the mail and let that person know that you are praying for them. Or simply learn how to practice the fine art of apologizing to those you love and judge most often.

Is It Really Our Calling to Be Such Judgmental People?


About the Author:

Nicki Schroeder head shotNicki Schroeder is a Christian radio personality in the Midwest. She is the creator of “The Grace Challenge,” Bible encouragement to help you glorify Jesus in the middle of your busy, beautiful life.WanWpould you

Nicki is a writer and speaker who strives for authenticity in her relationship with Jesus and others. She is a soul encourager who loves coffee, cupcakes, and Jesus, just not in that order.

Visit her for weekly encouragement at www.nickischroeder.com.


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Is It Really Our Calling to Be Such Judgmental People?

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3 thoughts on “Is It Really Our Calling to Be Such Judgmental People?

  1. It is my earnest prayer that I will not be judgmental of any of God’s children. May I be graceful and speak the truth in Love.

    Thank you Nicki for being the messenger 🙂

    I love our Summer Sizzle Series.

    Hi, Melanie 🙂

  2. Thank you, Nicki, for challenging our hearts today!
    May we become less judgmental and more filled with grace as we deal with and speak to those around us.
    Sure do appreciate you~
    Melanie

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