Thursday’s Thought

How long will ye judge unjustly and accept the persons of the wicked (Psalm 82:2)?
What is the standard by which you judge others? Some would suggest that any judgement is wrong, as the quote Matthew 7:1.¬† But, what is often overlooked is that God also warned His followers to “beware of false prophets” (Matthew 7:15). Question: how can one beware of false prophets if he or she is not allowed to decipher between true and false prophets? The psalmist asked about unjust judgment, he did not condemn all judgment. Notice the qualifying statement¬† that unjust judgment leads one to accept the persons of the wicked.
Is our standard of judgment, self? Is our standard of judgment: what we think; what we believe; what we desire? Is our standard of judgment, others,perhaps the masses? Is our standard of judgment set by popularity vote? Is our standard of judgment that which is against the established? Is our standard of judgment that which is against any new thing? Is our standard of judgment set by our geographical location? Is our standard of judgment set by the general consensus of our family? Is our standard of judgment set by those in power? Is our standard of judgment set by those in the minority?
Jesus stated: Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment (John 7:24). Peter stated: God is not respecter of persons (Acts 9:34). If God is not respecter of persons, how can a follower of God be a respecter of persons?
Jesus Christ died for the world, not a select few. Thus, we are commanded to take the gospel to all the world (every creature). When we follow the example of Jesus, we can know that we are doing that which is righteous.