All too often some Christians will say that while they might disagree with something or someone, the biblical admonition to “judge not lest ye be judged” prohibits them from handing down a moral verdict on someone else’s behavior. Please. That’s not biblical. That’s not ethical. That’s not helpful. That’s an out. That’s the proverbial washing of one’s hands. That’s moral cowardice.

Setting aside the exegetical fact that the command to “judge not” is in the context of eternal judgment, and ignoring the fact that Jesus elsewhere in the same book describes the necessity of church discipline (which requires moral judgment) and displays righteous indignation (clearing of the temple), the argument just doesn’t hold water. Are we as Christians to stand aside and assume that we are to have no say in matters of clear moral importance, matters that the Bible clearly addresses?

The recent “not guilty” verdict on Casey Anthony for the murder of her toddler, Caylee, has shocked the nation. Quite a different verdict was handed down in the trial of Kimberly Trenor. Remember that name? Horrifying details of the beating death of her child came out at her trial too. A plastic container was found in Galveston Bay in October 2007. In it were the decomposed remains of what police would come to call Baby Grace. It turns out the body was that of 2-year-old Riley Ann Sawyers. The child had been clearly beaten to death, fractures to her skull causing the mortal wounds.

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