SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - A dispute occurred on a street corner where a Christian was preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. He was saying, "Repent and believe the Gospel. Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried and rose again the third day according to the scriptures. All those that believe on him shall be forgiven of their sins."
A man came up to the preacher and said he wasn't being loving, and that he was turning away people from Christ. The preacher asked, "How am I being unloving?" The man responded, "Didn't Jesus say, 'Judge Not'? I have been listening to you for a few minutes and all I have been hearing is you judging everyone. You are not a Christian, that's what I think, because you judge others."
The preacher asked the man , "Are you a Christian?"
"Yes I am. I believe in love. I don't judge other people, I love them."
The preacher then asked, "But didn't you just make a judgement by saying that I am not a Christian because I am telling people to repent and trust Christ?"
The man said, "No, That's different."
"How so?" the preacher replied.
The man became angry and stated, "This is why no one wants to be a Christian, because people like you that are always judging others." You need to treat your neighbor good and love everyone."
The preacher said, "Jesus didn't just say, 'Judge Not'. He said that in a certain context which gives that statement it's appropriate meaning. Jesus went on to explain how you need to judge righteously and don't judge others unless you have judged yourself first."
"Do you have any kids", the preacher asked. "Yes I have three sons", the man replied. "Don't you tell your children what to do and what not to do and if they do wrong you tell them about it? Don't you warn them of the consequences for not obeying you? Don't you punish them when they do wrong? Isn't that judging them?" the preacher asked.
"That's different", the man replied. "You are making God out to be wrathful and angry when God is all loving. I don't agree with your interpretation. That's my judgment."