Judgment Or Conviction?

“I don’t like preachers who are judgmental” is a refrain I’ve heard numerous times. Many people use it as an excuse for infrequent (or a lack of) church attendance. When I probe a little, it turns out what they are really saying is “I don’t like people telling me that what I’m doing is wrong.”

There’s no denying many preachers cross the line from speaking the truth in love to manipulating behavior through guilt. There is no place for that and those who do it should be called on it. But calling believers to live according to the teaching of Scripture is not judgmental. It is the role of the pastor. May those of us who preach share the truth but do so in humility.