We have all shown or experienced it… prejudice. Often, we think of prejudice from a racial perspective. However, prejudice is basically prejudging a person or situation. We may judge someone on the basis of the clothes they wear, car they drive, home they live in, or the type of food they eat. We show prejudice to age, gender, educational background, financial or social status, and even religiously.
As a result, people incorrectly believe we should never make any judgments. One of the most commonly quoted and misunderstood passages in the New Testament is “do not judge so that you will not be judged.”
An unusual key word to the book of 1 Corinthians is this same word “judge.” The division created in the church at Corinth was the result of these Christians not judging correctly on some matters and judging incorrectly in others.
When there is a misunderstanding about judging, the result will bring division, just as it did in Corinth.
Leaders are going to judge. However, we must not be quick to prejudice. Gather the facts necessary and make a righteous judgment built on the foundation of God’s word.