I ‘Googled’ the phrase “don’t judge me” and got 70 million 800 thousand results. After truncating the results I still had 1,560,000 hits. We can certainly estimate that most of the world’s population has an aversion to being judged, regardless of the reason or circumstances. Which is kind of ironic considering that all of us judge others but despise being judged ourselves. I suppose “judge not” is the 2nd most often MISQUOTED phrase in the Bible [Matthew 7:1-6], which I urge you to read. Now, ‘here’s the kicker’; Christians rejoice in being judged! In fact, the word judgment is found 239 times, “judge” is found 171 times. If you read Matthew 7:1-6 you learn that Christians are not left the same as they were when they trusted Christ, but rather are completely changed [Mark 5:15]. They’re made “new creatures in Christ” [2nd Corinthians 5:17] and nothing, ‘spiritually speaking’, is left ‘as it was’ when they came to the cross. Isn’t it ironic that so many people want to “come to God” as ‘they are’ so that they can ‘remain the same’ and ‘continue in sin’ with God’s blessing, sanction and approval? Consequently, {so-called} ‘churches’ abound and thrive for those who desire ‘acceptance & tolerance’ from God and man; churches of the ‘unconverted & unchanged’ where music, feeling and inclusivity are preeminent. May I suggest that a lost man desiring real forgiveness has NOT REFUSED judgment but rather, he’s EMBRACED it! He has judged himself [1st Corinthians 11:31] and found himself defiled, unclean, unrighteous, unworthy, unacceptable, naked and filthy before God. Job, which should be required reading for every student on earth, said “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear, but now mine eyes seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes” [Job 42:5-6]. They who raise their proud defiance “this is who I am, this is what I am, this is me” have good reason to fear and despise judgment. The Christian, however, has realized that which IS sin, confessed his or her guilt and repented before God; they’ve been made partakers of the righteousness of Christ because they’ve willingly embraced the judgment of God! As such, judgment has been turned into a glittering temple of the righteousness of God. The Christian has no fear of the reproaches or imprecations of man, he rejoices in them! His judgment is past! His record has been wiped clean and his case is closed! It is the defiled and rebellious one who hates and rejects judgment. No wonder there are millions shouting, “don’t judge me”. It is a “Freudian slip” in which their conscience screams ‘I am guilty, defiled, unclean and wicked in the sight of man and God and I  FEAR JUDGMENT’.  To the Christian, God asks, “How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked”? Jesus came as our sacrificial Lamb to take away our sins but sin cannot be taken from they who reject judgment and defy condemnation of sin, especially their own. Christmas, seen clearly, is in a manner of speaking, the day my lawyer walked into my cell and said, “my father is the judge, trust me and let’s just go into the courtroom and tell him the truth”! Amen! We’re really celebrating Christmas at Calvary! Calvary Baptist Church across from Pizza Hut on the loop. Sunday at 10AM for Sunday School, 11AM for Morning Worship and 6PM Sunday evening, 7PM Wednesday evening Prayer and Bible Study!