If you see a bunch of guys talking in tongues non-stop and acting crazy , what would you think?
“They’re overdoing it man. Why are they shouting?”
“I do believe in tongues, but I also believe in appropriate behavior in the presence of God.”
“What is going on here?”
“Look at the crazy ‘spiritual’ people. I think they’re acting or something.”
The same happened on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2. The disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, and were speaking in different tongues. Some in the crowd ridiculed them, saying, ‘They’re just drunk, that’s all!’ (Verse 13)
But there were three thousand others who listened with an open mind to Peter’s message, and that very day- they were baptized. The ones who poked fun missed out on God!
Recently, I happened to see a bunch of young guys and girls praying loud and interceding for their city. And I was battling with doubt in my head, was wondering if they are really filled or ‘acting filled’. I asked God immediately to help me not to judge any of them.
To judge means to – “Form an opinion or conclusion about.” When I read this definition, I was like, “According to this definition, I would have been judging all my life.”
There were 3000 others who sat through the ‘crazy time’ upstairs in the upper room, and gave them the benefit of doubt, and heard Peter out, and they were saved.
Some argue that we must be discerning and know whether they are right or wrong. I think we can use the same discernment in our own lives, and its not our ‘duty’ to express our opinion or ‘conclusion’ about everybody around us.
It is better not to judge and be foolish, than to judge and call God’s judgement upon yourself. Jesus said in Mathew 7:1, “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.” So if I judge, I will be judged by God. And if God really had to judge me according to my sins, I would be in hell, and if you continue judging, you will soon join me!
So next time you get tempted to immediately form opinions and draw conclusions, watch out! David’s wife judged him when he danced before the Lord, and she was barren for life. And hello, she did it in private, and told only David about it, but God still punished her. Be especially careful if you’re in the habit of forming opinions quick, and are critical about everything, especially judging anointed servants of God (whether or not you think they are anointed).
The only one who can judge is the one who is always right and fair – God alone! Even Jesus dared not judge till he heard from his father.
Further reading: Read what stunning statements Jesus made about judging>>
14 Jesus told them, “These claims are valid even though I make them about myself. For I know where I came from and where I am going, but you don’t know this about me. 15 You judge me by human standards, but I do not judge anyone. 16 And if I did, my judgment would be correct in every respect because I am not alone. The Father[a] who sent me is with me.
I will not judge those who hear me but don’t obey me, for I have come to save the world and not to judge it.