We’ve assimilated into a culture that declares, “don’t judge” — perhaps in reference to MATTHEW 7:2.
However, practicing DISCERNMENT is a Biblical mandate.
When we look at outward appearances or practice judgement over other people’s lifestyles or choices, we’re not discerning, or even judging, we are condemning.
Wouldn’t it be better for everyone if we looked at other people the way God looks at them?
I’m not saying we should be apathetic toward injustice, or tolerant of discriminatory behaviour, but I urge you to consider this:
Even those who act dishonourably, are deserving of honour.
So, do not look at outward appearances, but consider, as God does, the conditions of the heart.
Practice compassion and not comparison.
Love without small print.
Honour without prejudice.
But the Lord said to Samuel, Look not on his appearance or at the height of his stature, for I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7 AMPC
For just as you judge and criticize and condemn others, you will be judged and criticized and condemned, and in accordance with the measure you [use to] deal out to others, it will be dealt out again to you.
Matthew 7:2 AMPC
BUT [as for] you, teach what is fitting and becoming to sound (wholesome) doctrine [the character and right living that identify true Christians].
Titus 2:1 AMPC