activity is a sin!" someone says.
The retort: "Oh, don't say that. You’re
Being so-called "judgmental" is quite
politically incorrect today. It runs
against the moral relativity of the culture.
On the surface, not being "judgmental"
appears exceptionally civil, kind
and compassionate. That is why many so-called religious persons
being politically correct. These persons are theologically liberal,
biblically sound individuals.
Theological liberals buy into whatever is politically
correct in whatever
time and place. Theological conservatives are moored in divine
"Being judgmental" today is interpreted
by liberals as expressing unkindly
some practice or belief to be right or wrong. However, what
the liberals do
not understand is that conservatives are not being judgmental
Because the theologically conservative individual
uses Scripture for
formulating his moral code, he takes, for instance, the statements
When it comes to judging others, Jesus said,
"Judge not, that you be not
By that, Jesus meant that no mortal has the
divine right to pronounce an
eternal judgment of heaven or hell upon another mortal's eternal
There are no reasonable theological conservatives who would
dare that. They
know that the same Scripture states that only God sees a person's
God alone then can judge a soul to its eternal state.
However, Jesus did state that His followers
can analyze another's lifestyle
to discern whether its practices are right or wrong, good or
or evil. Jesus told His disciples that they could look upon
tree to discern whether the fruit was proper or unfit.
Therein lies the crux of the matter: there
is a significant difference
between judging a soul to eternal destiny and analyzing a lifestyle
whether it lines up with Scripture's moral code.
Therefore, when a person says that homosexual
activity is sin, he is
reflecting the moral code of Scripture. That is allowed. If
theologically liberal individuals state otherwise, they are
according to God's Word.
Being analytical also involves using one's
reasoning powers to come to a
truth. For instance, Jerry Falwell stated that Islam is not
a religion of
peace. That is truth. For that, he was accused by liberals of
judgmental -- unkind, discourteous, rude, brash. With that reaction
the culture, Falwell backpedaled. Sad.
Falwell should have held his logical ground
on his truth statement for his
statement is accurate according to the Koran. However, social
caused him to renege. Sad.
It would have been hoped that Falwell would
have kept to his truth position
in the face of liberal opposition. Falwell spoke rightly. Falwell
reality. For that, he was not judgmental in the eyes of God
but instead was
There is a social price to pay for those who
discern life situations
according to Scripture. Liberals despise that approach for they
moral relativity. Biblical conservatives champion deity's absolutes.
biblical conservatives do not exist for the approval of a
relativistic society but the smile of God. For that, they may
judgmental but in fact they are being analytical -- according
Grant Swank, Jr., is the Pastor of New Hope Church in
Windham, ME. He is a a graduate of an accredited
college (BA) and seminary (M Div) with graduate work at
Harvard Divinity School. Pastor Swank has been married
for 41 years and he has 3 adult children. He is
the author of 5 books and over 2000 articles in various
Protestant and Catholic magazines, journals and newspapers.
He writes a weekly religion column for PORTLAND PRESS HERALD
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