“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
“Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
What is the first thing that non-Christians say when asked how they view Christians? Judging. This is unfortunate news. Not only have we clearly been told that as fallen people, we are in no position to judge but we as people who strive to be Christ-like are called to love others as Christ loved others, judging is not loving. Take John 8 for example, after Jesus said what I have included above to the crowd they dispersed and it was just him and the woman left. Now Jesus was sinless so he could have cast the first stone, but he did not. He forgave her and told her to leave her life of sin.
Take for example the homosexual community as the Church stigmatizes this group more than any other. As soon as it is known that a person is gay judgment is immediately cast down upon them. This is wrong. This is not love. Why do we think we have the right to do this?
We as Christians need to love people as Christ would love them, leave the judging to God. God will judge those who have denied him and spat in his face on his day. And it will be a Holy judgement. Until that day comes let us not speak words of judgment or condemnation. Instead let us speak words of love and even more vital, commit actions of love.