We make judgements and express opinions all the time, and rightfully so, but David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons in their book Unchurched offer us a definition of something that moves beyond that- Judgmentalism. Judgmentalism is when we point out something wrong in someone else’s life in such a way that it results in condemnation rather than transformation. Condemnation has a finality to it that closes the door on relationships and leaves no room for God to work through us in other people’s lives. It is abandoning a person when what they really need is for us to embrace them.
Judging and condemning others in this way is therefore the last thing we Christians should want to do. As followers of Christ, we are to love unconditionally knowing that God’s love is unconditional, and like God, we are to want the best for others and be willing to act to bring it about.