On not judging

Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. —Luke 6:37, NIV

Notes from a sermon by Alistair Begg on this verse:

Jesus wasn’t:

  1. Prohibiting the exercise of justice in a court of law. The Bible upholds the rule of law, and apooints the state to adminster justice (see Romans 13:1-7 and 1 Peter 2:13-17)
  2. Calling for us to suspend our critical faculties in relation to others [critical in the sense of exercising or involving careful judgment or judicious evaluation, definition 2c]. We need to be able to discriminate between truth and error, wrong and right, good and bad. Luke 6:43, for example requires us to discern between a good tree and a bad one.

So what was Jesus doing? He was condemning censoriousness, i.e a spirit of self-righteous, self-exalting, critical, harsh, judgmentalism; an approach that seeks to avoid self-examination  by highlighting and condemning the faults of others. It actively seeks out the faults of others and is delighted on finding them [faults].