James 4:11-12 – Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another.
It is so easy to point fingers and criticize others. Even within the Church, we often criticize individuals instead of forcing ourselves to greater godliness. As Christ’s followers we should be champions of the Truth and righteousness. At times this may require discipline within the Church, but Jesus taught us to be forgiving and orderly.
In Matthew 18:15-17, Jesus lays out the process of recovering one found in a fault. Beginning one on one and escalating as needed to the full body of the local church assembly, Jesus sets forth that we must focus on conversion and not condemnation. Our goal as the Church is turn people from their sins not to judge them. If needed we must disassociate from those unwilling to repent, remembering that God is the Judge and Jesus Christ the Son.
James later wrote, “Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins” (James 5:19-20). While eternity lies solely with God, He has given you and I responsibility at least in part for today. Get to it!