Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday's Thought

You hear a lot of people quoting Scripture that says we are not to judge. But I've been thinking and studying on this piece of Scripture and whether or not people are using "Judge not lest ye be judged" correctly.

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This piece of Scripture comes from Matthew 7:1. And it's there. It's in the Bible. So it's clear that we're not to judge. Or is it?

What about 1 Corinthians 5:12-13? Here, Paul tells the Corinthian church that we're not to judge unbelievers. And yet he tells us to judge and expel those who are continuing to sin within the body of believers.

Or in James 2:12-13 where James talks about having mercy alongside judgment.

I'm often torn on the judge not lest ye be judged argument. Normally, we see people using this in defense of actions they know do not line up with Biblical teachings. Almost as if they're using this as a scapegoat for their wrong actions.

All the while these same people are ignoring the fact that we've been called to hold other believers accountable for their actions. The Scripture from 1 Corinthians clearly states this.

How are we to reconcile this seeming contradiction?

Honestly, I'm not sure how or what we're supposed to do. I know we're supposed to love our brothers and sisters in Christ. We're also to follow Biblical mandates, which tell us to hold others accountable if they're in the church.

This is the strange dichotomy of the Scripture. It seems like we're told to do one thing here and then to not do it over there.

I want to ask your opinion on the subject. Should we judge others? If so, how should we judge others? If not, how do we reconcile 1 Corinthians 5:12-13?

This is a guest post by Joseph Lalonde. He is a youth leader and leadership blogger at Joseph shares leadership tools and encourages you to become a better leader. With him on Twitter or at his blog. Joseph also has a free eBook that you can own by clicking here.