Ever hear someone say ” It’s not my job to judge?” Ever hear a Christian say that while speaking about another Christian? That’s dismissive, and someone who isn’t holding themselves accountable to their duty as a Christian brother or sister. No one likes to be confrontational, but that’s how we help hold each other accountable. And we can only hold each other accountable by judging (given scripture as our playbook) what is right and wrong. Feel free to peruse the Bible about accountability. But here is one to help get you started.
Matthew 18:15-17 If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
You see, if we don’t correct them, we are just as guilty of not following the word. But the purpose of confronting the action is to hold each other to the standard we agree to meet as Christians. And when we fall short we want someone to help correct us. Further, if we refuse to listen, they bring someone else as an additional voice. Finally to face the church. If then we don’t correct ourselves we are obviously refusing Christianity and our faith and we might as well be outside of the church.
Be careful, however, this isn’t for new attendees or lost sinners. This is for confessed Christians looking to actively pursue the walk of faith and being as close to Jesus as we can. I for one hope that when I’m wrong, I get called out by a brother. I owe it to them, to my Church and to our Savior Jesus Christ to hold the standard he has set. Just imagine if we all do our part, how much closer our walk is with God, how different we will be from the cultural outside, and how much more they will want what we have.
I say spread the word of God by judging one another and speaking up.
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