OMAHA, NEBRASK - Man told Judge, "Judge Not" today in the courtroom as he heard the charges brought against him. The man remembered something that Jesus said, and hoped that he could use Jesus to get him out of trouble, like how other Christians he knew just used Jesus to get them out of hell.

"'Judge Not', Judge", the man said. " Jesus said we are not to judge, why are you judging me? God is my judge, not you. Only God can judge me. Are you God?"

The judge replied, "No, I am not. But..." and before he could finish the man interrupted him and said, "Then let me go. He that has not sinned let him cast the first stone."

The judge, who actually is a Christian, said, "Jesus didn't say 'Judge Not'. He said a lot more than the two words you conveniently removed from their context. He was talking about hypocrisy in judgment. The Bible also clearly teaches that the government acts as God's ministers to punish those that do wrong. As the scripture says, "For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer."

The judge continued, "There is an entire book in the Bible called 'Judges'. Did you know that? Judging is a command from God and there is a right way and wrong way to judge. Did you know Jesus also said, "'Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.'"

"No sir, you are wrong. The Bible says we are to judge. Jesus also said 'Judge Not' as recorded by John when he said, 'Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.' I promise you I will be righteous in my judgment concerning you."

The defendant didn't know how to respond at first. There were a few moments of silence before he said, "Jesus said, 'Judge Not'." He kept repeating that phrase over and over again, as if that was a meaningful argument against the judge that God gave the right to judge."