The answer is pretty clear. As is much of the message of Christ, we are to love others- not judge. However, how do we define judgment? As Christians, I believe we should see judgment as a holy and righteous act; an act privileged only to God himself. It is the act at we either the righteousness of Christ in us allows us eternally into the presence of God, or our sin is judged to be damnable for us to Hell. It needs to be noted that this deals with judgment of the soul, not of character.
As Christians, I believe we are to be, read correctly “good judges of character”. I.e. we are to see people as they are, and judge their character by it’s “fruits”. (Galatians 5:22-23) This is especially true in the church.
In 1 Corinthians 5, Paul says:
“It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.”
How harsh, contrary even, to the typical evangelical church today! Yet, I believe, we must remember the teachings of 2 Timothy 4:3-4:
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”
If, for the sake of not being judgmental, we lose grasp on ourselves, our members actions within and outside of the church, and we lose sight of truth- we have lost the church. It is only through the grace of God in church discipline, an action seen by many inside and most outside the church as the dreaded “j-word”, that we can maintain ourselves in striving towards godliness.Pastors, if you do not watch yourselves and watch your church, you have done both a disservice.
Is it wrong to be judgmental like this?
Tell me what you think.