“Don’t be judgmental,” we are often told. Many people today take this to mean that we should not judge positions/ views as true or false, or right or wrong. With all due respect, these people are mistaken.
Yes, of course we shouldn’t be judgmental if by “judge” we mean to proudly dismiss another person as morally inferior (usually when compared to oneself) or we mean to damn that other person (to hell). After all, didn't Jesus say, “Don't judge”? It would seem that this sort of judging is God’s job, not ours.
Jesus also says this: “Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment” (John 7:24). It appears, then, that there is another sense of “judge” which is our job, not just God’s. By this sense of “judge” we mean the cognitive activity of making an accurate discernment.
Clearly, some judgments are true and right: e.g., that the earth orbits the sun; that clean drinking water and food are necessary for good health; that we should try to alleviate the suffering of others (yes, the current refugee crisis comes to mind here).
Thus, contrary to popular opinion—and as odd as it may sound to contemporary ears—sometimes we should be judgmental (in the sense of making an accurate discernment).