The world today, more so than ever, says “don’t judge!” Everyone should be able to live whatever lifestyle, use whatever unwholesome language, choose whatever actions they want without having to be judged by anyone else. This “rule” applies to everyone, with one obvious exception: Christians!
We all know well that we are watched, judged, and silenced, and that, even in light of the prevailing attitude against judgment, this is completely acceptable to the “judges.” While we recognize the blatant inconsistency, the fact is that we are judged! And we should be, regardless of whether or not anyone else is.
We have been called to a higher code of ethics than the world will ever understand or accept. “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time” (Col. 4:5). God expects this of us; so, live it! He is watching; and He is the most important Judge.
Likewise, the world is watching you, hoping to catch you in a fault, a bad word, a bad attitude, etc., so they can feel more justified in their condemnation of you and “that worthy name by the which ye are called” (Jas. 2:7).
Don’t give them any ammunition against the Cause of Christ. Judge yourself (cf., 2 Cor. 13:5). Watch your words: Eph. 4:29: “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Control your emotions: Jas. 1:19: be “slow to wrath.” Eph. 4:26: “Be ye angry, and sin not.” And take advantage of every opportunity, not only to be a good influence, but also to teach the gospel plan of salvation to any who will listen.