Christians sometimes complain that since they are not saved by works, others should not judge them on their works.
This is a nice happy thought, but it’s just not true, nor should we act like it is.
Many years ago Christian types were putting the “Christians aren’t perfect just forgiven” bumper stickers on their cars. This is pure Christian arrogance.
It basically says, “I’m an idiot and you can’t have a problem with that because I’m forgiven, so I’ll just keep being an idiot.”
It is true that genuine Christians are forgiven, no argument there. I do have an argument with the idea that since that is true what I actually do ceases to matter.
Paul told the Corinthians not to give offense in anything so the ministry is not blamed.
Proverbs says that people judge the character of kids based on what they do, they even project life outcomes by childhood behaviors. People judge you based on what you do, even if you’re just a kid making no religious pretensions.
What people think of you should not be your biggest concern in life; it should also not be your least concern. It does factor in.
You can tell people to stop judging and keep on doing your sin, OR you can go ahead and knock off the sin and give them nothing to judge.
With our well doing, we can put to silence the ignorance of foolish men. There are fools, let us indeed endeavor to silence them. Amen.