What is Matthew 7 all about? Nearly every one in the world can quote the first two words (although they may not know the reference). If they read the entire verse, they may get an inkling of what it is trying to convey. “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” So, you’re not supposed to judge, so that you won’t be judged. Is that it precisely? No, verse 2 goes on to say that we will be judged by the same standards we judge by. So if you can’t live up to the standards you are judging by, you could be in trouble.
The chapter goes on to elaborate, giving the example of the mote and the beam. But notice what it says at the end of the example: If you first take the beam out of your own eye, then you can see clearly to take the mote out of your brother’s eye. In other words, the only reason it was wrong in the first place to take note of the mote in your brother’s eye was because you had something bigger in your own eye. But if you have nothing in your own eye, it’s OK to offer to take the mote out of your brother’s eye. You are doing him a favor.
The rest of the chapter is all about judging. “Don’t throw that which is holy to the dogs, and don’t cast your pearls before swine.” You have to identify “dogs” and “swine.” That is judging.
There is a warning about the broad gate and the narrow gate. That involves judgement (and often involves judging people, because it is people who would lead us to one gate or the other). It warns us against false prophets. We have to judge who are the false prophets.
It goes on with an elaborate discussion on good fruit and bad fruit. “Ye shall know them by their fruit.” Judging, again.
We have the warning of the wise man and the foolish man. In the example, it is easy to “judge” between them.
Let him who calls Christians intolerant because we reject his behaviour which God has already judged, beware that he will be judged by the same yardstick that he judges with. It seems that the people who cry intolerance the loudest are the most intolerant.