The Church gets judging others wrong when we forget who we are. We forget that we are sinners, generously adopted into God’s family, through Jesus. We forget that this isn’t because of who we are, but because of who he is. We get judging others wrong when we expect others to think or act like Christians. Jesus gets judging others right by living a perfect life, which gives him the right to judge, and by lovingly laying his life down for those who rely him.

HEAD // GOD’S STORY

The story of the Bible is the story of God judging and defeating evil, and punishing sin, while gathering a people for himself, and doing all this through Jesus.

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HEART // PEOPLE’S STORIES

McCrindle Research conducted a study on Christianity in Australia, including a survey of why non-Christians don’t go to church. Here’s a summary. As well as the people who said church hypocrisy and judging others were significant, how many of these identified obstacles are to do with how Christians appear to be judgmental? This graphic only represents those who said they were non-Christians “open to change” and records those who said these obstacles are either complete blockers, or massive negative influence. The full survey, which included those not open to change, and data for people who saw judging others as any sort of negative, suggests around 69% of people who don’t attend church see Christians judging others as a problem.