Judgment does not belong to us except where authority has been given. Another way to think about this is to insert the word, “pass,” before the word, “judgment.” We have no authority to pass judgment like a magistrate. This doesn’t mean that we have no authority or call to be discerning. On the contrary, we can and should determine, or judge the usefulness and morality of decisions and outcomes and decide for ourselves and those in our charge whether to conform to those things, but we cannot pass judgment upon them. Another way to think about this would be that we are guards but not kings. We except use discernment in upholding the king’s decree, but we do not make that decree or step in his place to execute it. Learning this balance is a large part of learning how to care for others in manhood.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary

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