Judging Homosexuality

QUESTION: You ought not judge!


Recently, I received an email from a lady who didn’t like the case I made against same-sex marriage on our TV program (which airs on DirecTV channel 378). She wrote me the following e-mail with “VERY JUDGMENTAL” in the subject line:

Only God can judge me and I am a Christian lesbian and have been for almost 20 years. Stop judging and move on!!! I am so tired of all you uptight, do right, sinners judging people. I responded this way:
Thanks for your comments. But are you judging me for judging? Indeed, it is impossible not to make judgments. The only question is, “Is your judgment correct?” I would love to “move on” from this issue, but who is making this a front-burner issue? Not me, but homosexual activists who are making an aggressive attempt to get governments to endorse homosexuality by changing the definition of marriage. We’ll deal with objections next week. I hope you will watch with an open mind.

I could have added that it was not me but God who has already judged homosexual behavior as immoral. After all, God is the standard of morality, not me. But her response made it seem like she didn’t know that. She wrote back that she would never watch again because I was “intolerant and wrong.”

In effect, she did what many people do when they are faced with arguments they don’t like—they ignore the arguments and misuse Jesus’ apparent command not to “judge” in order to shut you up. So if you oppose their behavior or their attempt to get the nation to endorse their immorality (i.e. same-sex marriage), you’re sure to hear, “Thou shalt not judge!”

As with most slogans shouted by such people, the truth is exactly opposite to what they claim. Those demanding tolerance take the judgment statements of Jesus out of context because they want to avoid any moral condemnation for their own actions, and they don’t want you to notice that they are making judgments too. Let’s take a look at what Jesus actually said:

“Do not judge lest you be judged.
“For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.
“And why do you look at 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,’ and behold, the log is 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).

Notice Jesus isn’t telling us not to judge—Jesus is telling us how to judge. He commands us to take the speck out of our brother’s eye— that involves making a judgment, but He also commands us to stop committing the bigger sins ourselves so we can better help our brother.

In other words, when you judge, do so rightly not hypocritically. Jesus actually commands us to make judgments elsewhere in the Bible. In John 7:24, He says, “stop judging by mere appearances and make a right judgment.” Jesus would never tell us to stop judging—that would be suicide. Just think about how impossible life would be if we did not make judgments. You make hundreds, if not thousands, of judgments every day between good and evil, right and wrong, dangerous choices from safe ones. You would be dead already if you did not make judgments.

(Of course, there’s a difference between making a judgment and being judgmental. We must make judgments, but we must make them with the right attitude.)

With regard to politics, every law is a judgment about what’s best for society. Homosexual activists are making a judgment that same-sex marriage would be the best law for society. It’s a wrong judgment, as I am arguing here, but it’s a judgment nonetheless.

So in addition to being self-defeating, the belief that we “ought not judge” is completely impractical and even dangerous. Making judgments is unavoidable both personally and politically. If you want to meet a sudden and premature demise, just stop making judgments.

Unfortunately, homosexual activists are propelling our society toward a premature demise by making the disastrous judgment that we ought not to make judgments about their behavior. They, of course, can judge our behavior as immoral when we oppose same-sex marriage, but we are not to judge their behavior. This is exactly the kind of hypocrisy that Jesus warned against. The passage they quote actually convicts them. For folks so concerned about the “separation of church and state,” it is amazing how fast they will quote the Bible when they think it helps their case. But if they believe the Bible when they think it condemns judging (which it doesn’t), then why don’t they believe the Bible when it certainly condemns homosexuality? If they want to use the Bible as their standard, then they will be judged by that same standard.

Compliments of Correct, not Politically Correct, authored by Frank Turek. For more information, visit www.impactapologetics.com.

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