Judging others.

January 21, 2010

You guys should read 1 Corinthians 5.

It’s a good read.

Something near the end of it really stuck out to me.  In verse 12 and 13 it talks about the role of Judgement in the Church.  It says this

12 It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. 13 God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.” -Corinthians 5:12-13. (NLT)

Kinda nuts right? No one really talks about this.  In fact I know that a lot of people within the church say things like don’t judge me.  But in this chapter, it says that if the person really considers themself a Christian that its okay to Judge one another.

Isn’t that nuts?  I feel like that’s so counterintuitive to what I’ve been told or learned.

I just don’t remember seeing this ever acted out in our current world.

Now I don’t think this verse means that every time someone sins we need to kick them out of the church.  I think it really is talking about the state of a person’s heart or whatever.

I know a lot of people in the church that sin often, but I don’t think they should be kicked out.  Even looking at that scripture I don’t think they should be kicked out.

Let’s say there is this guy cheating on his wife.

Let’s also say this guy is a Christian.

And then I approach him and say hey man that’s not right.  This guy can react in two ways.

He can say your right, I gotta stop this. And then he admits to his wife what he did, and starts all that resolution process, and of course repents to God first and foremost.

Or he can say dude shut up.  I love her and my wife is probably cheating on me anyways.  Or something else that he uses as an excuse to condone his sin.

With the first reaction, I think that guy needs to stick in the church, and we need to be there to help him get on that track and make sure he is taking the proper courses of actions.

However with the second reaction, he is on a bad path, and refusing to see the truth of the matter.  And Matthew 18 and somewhere else in the Bible I think talks about what else we can do as the body of Christ to approach that Brother.

That’s just something that stuck out to me this week.  Basically it’s okay to judge your brothers and sisters in Christ.  But I wanna also say that if you’re just judging those brothers and sisters, and then not approaching them the way Christ said to, and not approaching them the way the Bible tells us to, then you should probably just stop, because that judgement sounds like something that cultivates hate in your mind rather than healing and restoration in your brother or sister’s life.

What do you guys think?

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5 Responses to “Judging others.”

  1. I agree with what you said completely. Totally biblical and good. What we also have to consider is the log in our own eye. Before we approach that brother or sister, we have to do a heart check and ask ourselves, “Is the sin that I’m about to condemn a sin that I possess? Where am I at personally with this issue?”

    If we can acknowledge our sins, then we can acknowledge the sins of others. Do it!

  2. Tim said

    I think Corinthians 5 is referring to a harsh act of judgment – perhaps exile from the church in this case, which might sound reasonable. An employer will fire an employee for not representing the company’s values and productive promise. So in the church, if a member does not represent the “employee handbook,” then they are fired. The old church did operate this way for centuries.
    In the case of a cheating husband, I think “intervention” would be a better word choice than “judgement.”
    It’s great, that Jessica made a reference to Matthew 7 which I think is a much more lucid passage on judgment. Despite the clarity of the passage, I think it is most important that we ask if God is putting it on our heart to confront a fellow Christian about their sin. That the purpose not be from our own displeasure but for the good of the one and/or those around the one we are confronting. This way, it is not a matter of casting stones, but reaching out to better someone and offer a helping hand.

  3. Brittney said

    I think you could look at this judgement within our churches as accountability. Hold each other to the values we say we believe in.

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