So we being many, are one body in Christ, and each one members one of another. Romans 12:5
The body of Christ is a special thing in that it is not any one person, object, or idea. No, rather it is you and I, who call ourselves Christian – the followers of Christ. We are the body, we are the hands and feet that carry out God’s continuing work in our society and in the world around us and our lives are supposed to be dedicated to this work.
However, as we are members of one body, we cannot function independently as we so often like to do. Our burdens are not merely our own, but also belong to the body as a whole. All too often, we do not act like this body, we do not act as this body should. We are not perfect, and yet we judge and alienate. Is this not the biggest problem that even the world sees in the church? In fact, the most common negative impression of Christianity is that it is judgemental . I would venture to say that, this perception is true because more often than not we do judge and don’t try to fix, even in the realm of the body of Christ. Is this not judging what breaks friendships? Churches? Families?
That is not to say that we shouldn’t judge, per se. Rather, in a sense we must judge because we must discern right from wrong. Just as we cannot condemn people for being different (for we so often do) we also cannot condone sin and yes, for many things there is an inherent ambiguity in what constitutes sin. However, we also are not always right and to that end we must always seek to correct in meekness.
If anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.
— Galatians 6:1
We are all sinners and we all have our strengths and our weaknesses but that once again brings us to the importance of the body. For the next verse reads “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Judgmentalism isn’t right in the body of Christ because we are not perfect and as a body we should support each other as we each confront sins. This is what makes the bod of Christ special, the ability to push each other through thick and think and push for the high calling of God, in Christ Jesus (Phil 3:14).
Let us all work to push each other with meekness, not forgetting that we ourselves are sinners and strengthen this body as we await the return of our Lord. Maranatha.