To Judge or Not to Judge

To Judge or Not to Judge
Written by Jim Staley

"Did you hear about Mr. Jones? I can't believe that he did that. He deserves whatever he's got coming to him."
Have you ever heard someone say something like this? Many times we hear things and react harshly and judgmentally, even though we have no verified facts and are not in a position to make such judgments. This week's Torah portion is Shoftim (shoaf-teem)—the Hebrew word for Judges. In this article we will explore what the Scriptures require for righteous judgment both within a congregation and individually. Are we allowed to judge? If so, how do we do it correctly? This subject could not be more important for every Believer today. There are few things the Bible calls an "abomination," and unrighteous judgment and false scales are among them. If you desire to be the best servant you can be for your King, then the laws of judgment are critical to learn.

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