So I’ve been thinking a bunch about our culture lately.
I’m a part of the Susie Sisterhood , and I have been noticing a lot that girls are telling each other "it’s not your place to judge," or "it’s none of your business" when people say that it’s wrong to do something if you’re a Christian.
I got kinda fed up about this, since our culture highly praises tolerance for absolutely anything, and to be called intolerant is the worst insult that can be given, basically, and so I wrote a forum on it. :) I actually got quite a bit of feedback… So here it is:
I’ve been noticing on here that anyone who says something is wrong is automatically accused of judging. People often say things like "It’s none of your business," or "it’s not our job to judge people."
In 1st Corinthians 5, it says that we are to judge those inside the church, but that God is to judge those outside–not us.
It says that we are able to judge "anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral, greedy, an idolator or a swindler, a drunkard or a slanderer–with such a man do not eaven eat."
This does not mean that we are to look-down-our-nose-in-contempt kind of judge. This simply means that we are to take someone aside and gently say,
"Hey, I’m really worried about you because I know you did___________, and it’s not a good idea in any circumstance. You know that it’s against what God wants for your life, and so I’m just asking you to confess to God and let him forgive you. I’ll always be here for you, and don’t condemn you because of this at all–I have my own sins. But I care about you enough to confront you now, before it get any worse."
I’m tired of having people being accused of judging. It’s not a bad accusation! We’re called to confront our brothers and sisters about bad things they may be doing. It is bad to condemn someone because of something that they believe/do that is not against the Bible, but against your personally beliefs (kissing before marriage, believing/not believing in predestination, etc.)
I agree, judge and condemn are dangerous words to use. I mean, when you think of it as your job to judge, then you begin to see others faults but not your own.
I use that word because the apostle Paul uses it in 1st Corinthians 5, NIV.
I also agree that we should condemn the sin, not the person. Whenever I feel like I have to correct someone, I ask myself "am I seeing the speck and missing the plank?"
But it still doesn’t change the point that we’re becoming much too tolerant of stuff that people do in the church like porn, homosexuality, disrespect of parents, gossipping and lying.
So yeah. That’s what I wanted to say.
So yeah. What do you think?