For the last few posts we’ve talked about the prostitute Rahab who helped the spies in Jericho. One important lesson we learned from Rahab was how wrong our initial impressions of people can be and that is incorrect to judge. I recently ran across a couple of interesting articles in the bible about judging. They bring up this debate about whether or not we as Christians are responsible for each other’s sin.
If you are a fellow Christian and I see you behaving improperly, do I have a right…make that a responsibility….to call you out about it? There are bible verses (in both the Old and New Testaments) that cover both sides of the debate. The articles listed below share some of those verses. I’ll let you read them and come to your own conclusion.
- Should Christians Point Out Other People’s Sins? (from the House Church Network Association)
- Provocative Bible Verses: Judge not lest ye be judged. (from Provocative Christian Living)
I leave you with this one thought: Let everything you do come from a place of love. If it’s more loving to speak with someone about their “stuff” and help them through it, then do that. If it’s more loving to say nothing and just be there for them, then do that. Because at the end of the day, Jesus’ commandment to us was simple:
“I give you a new command. Love one another. You must love one another, just as I have loved you. If you love one another, everyone will know you are my disciples.”