James 4:11-12 (KJV) “Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?”
With verse eleven James begins to write about the temptations that are placed before Christians. The greatest temptation is to gossip and talk badly about other people especially those that are in the body of Christ. We speak of their shortcomings and sin not to lift them or help them but to make ourselves look better.
But some will say James is speaking about the law and we no longer live under the law. The law we no longer live under is the law of man. we not required to live under the oppressive Rabbinic laws that where written by man but we must live under the laws of God.
When Jesus was asked what where the great commands one of them was to love thy neighbor as thyself. How can we follow this command of if we are tearing down instead of helping up our brother?
So if we become the judge we are placing ourselves above god who is the only true judge, the very creator and our salvation. Instead of making ourselves look by stepping on others lets lift them up so all can see the glory of God.