We are a people called to a higher standard. We have been chosen by God to act according to His laws and His commands. This means that the body of believers is an elect group that should be above the ways of this world, we should be above conforming to the patterns of this world. But does that make us better than anyone? Absolutely not! If anything we should be able to see our own brokenness and not even have time to judge others on what they do. We should always remember how wretched and sick we truly are and never begin to judge those that are not in the faith. But in saying that, we get to the core of what I want to write about this evening.
As Christians we are told in Luke 6:37, "Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven..." In an increasingly tolerant generation, some Christians feel that it is wrong to make a call-out on your fellow believer's sin. We begin to think, "Who are am I to judge him/her for what they do? I'm not any better than them. "While we do want to be careful when identifying sin in another, we are actually told by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 5:13 to "Purge the evil person from among you." He also speaks on the judgment of outsiders in verse 12 saying, "For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside..."
We are told by the Apostle Paul to judge those that are called our brothers and sisters in the faith according to the laws and standards we are called to.
That is why we should not concern ourselves with the judgment of those that are outside the faith; God has dominion and judgment over them. But as for those within the church and those that claim Christ as their Savior, if it is done through genuine love and understanding, the identification of sin in a brother or sister must take place. There is no way around it, if you see a brother or sister sinning without any form of conviction or repentance, it is your place to call them out and expose their sin. What occurs after that is worth an entire post, but because I know that my words are insufficient in even describing how we are to deal with sin in our brothers and sisters, I encourage you to read through Matthew 18:15-20 and all of 1 Corinthians 5 to find what God's Word, our ultimate authority, says on the matter. As my main man Bryan Halferty once tweeted, "If you were sprinting into a brick-wall, would you want someone to say 'stop' nicely?"
Check your heart. Check your intentions. If it is through genuine love and concern for that individual's well-being, call them out on their sin, but be weary, so that you do not also fall into temptation.