The scripture passages for today are John 7:24, 1 Cor 5:12-6:8.
Both John 7:24 and 1 Cor 5:12-6:8 deal with Judging. So, what is this judging?. Is it a bad thing?. No, certainly not, but you can judge in the right or wrong manner. In John 7:24, Jesus says,"stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment". If Judging was entirely wrong, then Jesus would never had made that statement. Jesus, on the other hand explains to us the way to judge people (not by appearance, but by their fruit). So, one thing is sure judging people is not wrong. Now, let us see what Paul says about this in 1 Corinthians. He says, " What business is it of mine to judge outside the church, Are you not to judge those inside". Here, we get a clear idea, about who to judge and who not to judge. we are clearly instructed not to judge people outside the church. But, isn't that what we do all the time. This is wrong. The world does not need any judgment because God will Judge at the right time. The world needs the love of Jesus. Give the world the love of Jesus and the world will change,nothing else can change the heart of man. By now, we know who not to judge. so, the next question is obviously who should we judge?. Let us see the example in 1 Cor chapter 5. Here, we find a 'brother' who is caught in the most shameful sin. If judging was wrong the church should have kept silent when this man's sin was revealed. What do we see here though, we find that the immoral brother is expelled from church. A single rotten apple can destroy a whole basket of apples. Are we to expel all guilty people from church then??. No, then the pews would be empty and yes the pulpit too. We should give them chances, then isolation and then the final act is handing over to Satan or expelling. This last act too is done with a desire to see the person return back. This is not condemnation, its just punishment.