In Psalm 32:5 David says, “Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.” NLT
We Christians often talk about “The Guilt of Sin,” and are quick to declare others guilty. The church has the propensity to apply ethics to people outside of itself rather than itself, and, in many cases before itself. Declaring other people guilty requires judging. But, Jesus said we shouldn’t judge others, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
Peter the Apostle tells Christians in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, to “Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world..”
So far, it seems that a Christian’s response to others “wrong doing” if you will, is passive. We shouldn’t judge others, and we should live lives that demonstrate our own convictions so that we are not judged to be wrong by others.
Finally, Paul the Apostle, in speaking to the church of in Corinth, together with all the saints throughout southern part of Greece, said, “For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.” It’s almost as if Paul is saying “leave others be, God will sort it all out in the end.” Admittedly this is only part of the story. In the next series of posts I hope to explore this concept of judging others, what the role of the church is to itself, and to those outside of it regarding guilt, sin, and the gospel. For now, a few questions:
Should the church seek to impose its ethics and morality on those outside of it? For example, Through Political Legislation.
Is it possible to tell another person that they’re guilty without judging them?
Isn’t there a natural or common law to all of human kind apart from any religious influence?
The Second post in this series will be titled:
“Jesus says “Repent & Believe.” We say, “Hey! What You’re Doing is Wrong, and…”
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