Matt.7:1-5 – Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
It’s funny how unbelievers latch on to certain scriptures even if they often claim not to believe any of it. One of the famous ones is in this passage, “Do not judge so that you will not be judged”. Have you noticed how the scripture is kind of quoted but not completely? The lost person thinks this passage teaches us not to ever condemn sin, that’s not what it says. Jesus is actually addressing the sin of hypocrisy. He said get the stuff out of your life before you think about telling others how to live theirs. This is how Albert Barnes describes this passage.
“Christ directs us to the proper way of forming an opinion of others, and of reproving and correcting them. By first amending our own faults, or casting the beam out of our eye, we can consistently advance to correct the faults of others. There will then be no hypocrisy in our conduct. We shall also see clearly to do it. The beam, the thing that obscured our sight, will be removed; and we shall more clearly discern the small object that obscures the sight of our brother. The sentiment is, that the readiest way to judge of the imperfections of others is to be free from greater ones ourselves. This qualifies us for judging, makes us candid and consistent, and enables us to see things as they are, and to make proper allowances for frailty and imperfection.”
This is one of the first deflections you will encounter when you begin to share your faith. Don’t allow it to throw you off track. Remember, all of our sin has been judged at the cross. We are not perfect, just redeemed and changed. We are just trying to bring others to this place of forgiveness that leads to new life.