Why does it seem like Christians are some of the most judgmental people on the planet?
And what can we do to change this?
How can Christians hold each other accountable in a way that is mutually up-building rather than judging?
Paul says in Romans –
So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. Romans 14:19
We must pursue what makes peace.
We must pursue things that are mutually up building.
It can be really difficult within the Christian culture, within our small groups, and Christian circle of friends to really refrain from being critical and judgmental to each other.
I have been struggling with this for some time, and I really needed to ask God to search my own heart. And be warned when you ask this of God!
Although well aware of my own imperfection, He showed me an or area of our life which has the potential to be a stumbling block for others.
Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.
Paul is saying this like – let US stop judging people FROM NOW ON.
It’s like he’s saying we all do it, but can we JUST DECIDE TO PUT AN END TO IT?!
Does it matter if someone believes it’s ok to have a beer in the weekend, and another doesn’t, or another friend practices yoga, and another allows their teen to wear short skirts to church, or picks up groceries on Sunday or downloads music or tells a little white lie here and there?
I think this verse sums it up nicely.
The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. Romans 14: 22
These are the kinds of things to keep between yourself and God, and your friends’ faith is between them and God.