Our secular culture says, “How can they believe such a thing as the Bible is the Word of God and Jesus is a only Savior who saves people?” Here’s the thing — everyone believes something and no one is silent about what they believe either so the idea that “faith is private” and you are to be quiet is really a rather silly, not to mention a childish and untenable argument. Yet, Christians are treated this way in the public square all the time.
I have a dog that tries like crazy to chase any car that drives by. When I see the car coming I hold on to his leash tight and repeat the word no, over and over again until the car passes. I have seen him fight so hard to chase cars that the leash has made him do a backflip! When the car is gone he actually makes a bark that lets me know that he is disgusted with me for stopping him. He does not understand that I do what I do for his protection.
He is a lot like humans in a way. There are certain things that we all like to do, but God says NO! Some of us do the thing anyway, and at some point and time we catch up with the car, and then destruction comes. But even when we do listen, we often whine about it. We just don’t seem to understand that he makes the rules he does, because he loves us, and don’t want us to get run over by that car we are desperately trying to chase.
: to form an opinion about (something or someone) after careful thought
: to regard (someone) as either good or bad
Does anyone think that it is even possible to go through life without forming a careful opinion?
The verses in the Bible that to often get interpreted as saying we should not judge at all, are really telling us how to judge, not that we should not judge at all.