As humans, we tend to idolize some and look down on others. We judge people based on all the wrong things. We use shallow and unfair methods to evaluate people’s worth, and it’s wrong. For this reason, I’ve created a short list of the ways we judge people, and why, as Christians, we need to stop.
We shouldn’t judge people…
1. Based on their sin
We shouldn’t judge people based on their sin because we sin too. Sometimes we sin even more than the people we look down on. It’s not wrong to admonish a fellow Christian about sin, but when you begin to think of others as inferior to you based on their actions, it becomes a problem.
Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
We have to understand that we all have sinned, and fallen short of God’s glory. It’s only because of Jesus that we have the ability to conquer sin. We should give all the credit to Him, and stop thinking of ourselves better than others.
2. Based on appearance or natural abilities
It may seem obvious that we shouldn’t judge people based on their appearance, but what about their natural abilities? Gifts? Talents?
A wise man (actually a 15-year-old friend of mine) once told me, “You don’t judge people based on what they’ve been given.” He went on to point out that all of our talents, abilities and even our looks were given to us by God. We have no right to claim credit for them. The same goes for judging people. We shouldn’t look down on people based on their looks, or apparent lack of talent. On the other hand, we shouldn’t idolize others based on what God has blessed them with.
3. Based on what they’ve done for you personally
When you find yourself trying to determine the value of someone based on what they’ve done for you, just remember what Jesus did for them. Remember how Jesus treated them. The fact that Jesus died for them makes them worth more than you can imagine.
“You see value in people in their works, how nice they are. But what about [God’s] work done for them?”
Every one of us has the same value in God’s eyes. He made us in His image. That alone makes humans valuable. However, Jesus’ sacrifice makes it even more clear how valuable we are. We’re all sinners, and we all deserve death. The good news is that Jesus not only covered all of our sins – he completely erased it! We are all righteous in God’s eyes.
As you live your life, you’ll be tempted to place price tags on everyone you know, meet, and see. You’ll be tempted to judge not just their character but also their worth. Maybe we all need to step aside and let Jesus through. Jesus walks up to the man I just looked down to. He tears off the price tag I just put on. He digs into his pocket and pulls out another tag. This one is quite different. As he places it on the man’s heart, I see a glimpse of the text.
It says “priceless”.