Conversation peeks as a lone individual firmly stands his ground, “You have no right to judge me!” With a cocky look and non wavering stance he then says, “Judge not, lest ye be judged.” It is true that there is scripture in the bible that reads that way. This verse is referring to being a hypocrite. In other words, one cannot judge another, when they are doing the same thing or make no public statement of someone’s wrong, lest you be found committing the same offense. Consider this, if one does not judge his Christian brothers or sisters within the Body of Christ and turns a blind eye to their offense, then he is just as guilty. 1Corinthians 5:12 says, It isn’t my responsibility to judgeoutsiders, but it certainly is your job to judgethose inside thechurchwho are sinning inthese ways. In addition Galatians 6:1 says Dear brothers and sisters, if another Christian is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Another Christian, meaning a brother or sister in the Body of Christ. It is not love when you allow someone to continue sinning willfully and dig themselves deeper and deeper into a situation that will certainly cause them detriment. It is not love to turn your head and pretend nothing is happening. You wouldn’t turn your head and allow your child to run loose in the traffic would you? It is very much like that when Christians look the other way and allow other Christians caught in sin to continue that way. Eventually a car will run over them. Some pedestrian/motor vehicle accidents are fatal. The spiritual well being of this person is in jeopardy and this could prove to be a fatal crash.
The real issue for many Christians is not so much addressing these issues; it’s doing it in love. Many are quick to run and point a finger and shake that finger to shame, but Christians are called to take the hand of that fellow Christian and let them know that they understand there is a problem and are willing to help in any possible. Jesus did not keep quiet when he saw others living in sin. He called a spade a spade. He addressed the woman at well about her many husbands and the fact that the man she was living with at the time wasn’t even her husband. Even when Peter tried to tell him that he did not have to go to the cross, he corrected him by saying, “Get thee behind me Satan!” Even though Jesus addressed people in this manner he never made them feel as if he didn’t love them and by addressing them he showed them a great deal of love. Love is the critical issue here, and if the face of the world is to be changed by Christians obeying the Great Commission, we must begin acting in love and assisting our brothers and sisters in Christ to steer back onto the path of righteousness. So the next time you are made aware of another Christian’s sin sick situation, address them in love. Judging outsiders is for God, judging insiders is for you.