Over the last few years, the phrase “only God can judge me” has been a mantra for countless people. While the phrase is definitely true, (see James 4:12), people tend to use it to justify sinful actions, which is the exact opposite of what the phrase was initially intended to accomplish. So, without further ado, here is my warning to those who use the phrase frequently.
No, I’m not judging you.
But God will one day, and that isn’t something to take lightly.
I can understand where people are coming from when they utter the words “only God can judge me”, don’t get me wrong. It goes back to the instance in the gospel of John, when the scribes and Pharisees were asking Jesus if they should kill a woman for committing adultery. Instead of giving them the authorization to stone the woman, Jesus instead began drawing in the dirt. Continually pressing him for an answer, the crowd remained hotly determined to make the woman pay for her sinful actions. However, rather than giving in to their desires, Jesus simply stated some of his most referenced words, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her”. In other words, meaning that we are all sinners and come short of the glory of God, and we have absolutely no right to judge others for their actions, because we all sin equally.
So, it’s completely understandable why you would use the aforementioned phrase to ward off haters. Nevertheless, it doesn’t give you a free pass to sin intentionally.
From what I have observed from posts on social media websites, most people post rants that feature “only God can judge me”, while complaining that people have been saying negative things about them for one action or another. Though they are right for stating that it’s no one’s place to judge them for their actions, they are forgetting that if their actions go against what God has commanded of us in His Word, then they are not in the clear. If a person truly acknowledges that they have sinned, then they will repent to God, and ask for His forgiveness. Conversely, ninety-nine percent of the time when I see the phrase “only God can judge me” posted online, the author of the post is using it in order to justify their actions, or shift the focus to the “haters”. After considering both sides of the spectrum, I have come to the conclusion that if someone acknowledges that they have sinned against God and feel convicted of their wrongdoing, that they would turn to Him to address the issue instead of a Facebook status.
In all honesty, no matter how many times you spit out “only God can judge me”, people will continue to gossip and make judgments about you, simply because they find it entertaining. Despite this, they are not the ones you have to worry about; make your relationship with God your top priority instead of people who obviously do not have anything better to do with their time.
“So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”
If God is our top priority, we will seek to do His will instead of regarding what other people think of our lives. Seeking God’s will means that we are aiming to please Him by obeying His commandments, digging into His teachings, and sharing the news of Jesus Christ to others. If we are sinning intentionally and have no desire to change our ways, God will judge us accordingly. Think about it: if someone believed in God in His totality (His love and His wrath), would they continue to choose to live in sin, or would they repent for their actions? I’ll take it one step further and ask that if someone claims that God is the only judge, why would they persist in sin to kindle His wrath instead of working to change so that they will fall into His good judgment?
“But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.
All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.
Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?”
Remember, God is the judge, and one day (if you don’t acknowledge your sins before Him and accept Jesus as your Redeemer), anything you say or do can and will be held against you in His court of law.
Good night, Happy Leap Day, and God bless!