1 Corinthians 6:1
Who’s to Judge…
By what measure do we judge society, and our brothers, by God’s law or by man’s? Paul tells us not to trust in the judgment of the world:
“How can any one of you with a case against another dare to bring it to the unjust for judgment instead of to the holy ones?” -1 Corinthians 6:1, NAB
In today’s society, the justice system does not always coincide with what God had commanded. The laws of today are the laws of man, and the judges rule by those laws. When we look at a brother or sister’s life, are we judging by those same rules? We must not judge each other based on the laws and rules of this world. If we have any quarrel with a fellow Christian, we must bring it before our Christian leaders. In Paul’s time, Christian was going against Christian in the Roman court of law, but Paul wanted them to take it before the elders of the Church. While the Church does not have a formal legal system, we must look to our religious leaders for guidance in these matters. Even in everyday matters, we judge each other based on society’s standards, but we must judge each other on the highest standard – through our faith and love of Jesus Christ.
Recent scandals and events within the Church have gone to secular courts to decide their outcome. Many of these cases have larger religious implications than anything else, but somehow, they are still being settled outside of the Church. Through our bishops, our leaders through apostolic succession, we must allow them to lead us in the right direction on these matters. The courts may decide one thing, but it is what the Church says about these matters that is truly important. At times, we may not agree with the Church’s decisions, but we must trust in the authority given to them by Christ. Through them, we are allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us in the right direction.