Do you know that the Bible actually expects us to judge people?
But not everyone.
The answer is found in 1 Corinthians 5. In this chapter, Paul is writing to a church that has allowed many of their members to remain members while they lived with obvious sin. These sins that the church tolerated were so terrible Paul says that such sins weren’t even found among the heathen.
Christians were behaving worse than unsaved people!
Obviously, there was a major problem. Paul essentially tells the Corinthians that they need to start making judgments about the people in the church. In this passage, we see that Christians have the authority to tell other Christians to either change their behavior, or leave the church.
One Bible version says, “It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning.”
Did you catch that? We aren’t supposed to judge people who aren’t saved. Only those who are.
How do you enact judgment? Do you speak to a brother in Christ when they are losing their way? Do you encourage them to get on the right path?
How do you behave towards the unsaved? Do you cast judgment and condemnation on them? Or do you allow God to judge them?
Let us always remember that we are responsible for holding the Church accountable to God’s commands. It may not be fun, or politically correct, but if someone continues in open sin without changing, we need to send them away. On the flip side, people who do not claim to be Christians, are not for us to judge. God judges them.
Let us show God’s love by encouraging Godly lives in our fellow Christians, and allowing God to be the one to judge the world.