It is very popular today to accuse Christians of being judgmental. When a follower of Jesus chooses to do (or not do) certain things that other people engage in regularly, they are many times labeled as prideful or exclusive. It is often wrong to base our opinions of someone’s standing with God on what we can observe of their choices or abilities, but there are other times when our ability to discern is crucial.
Each of these leaders were servants of Christ entrusted with the mysteries of God. It was inappropriate to pass judgment on them based on their speaking abilities or personal preferences. Neither was it appropriate for the Corinthians to try to develop sects within the church based on the personalities of the various leaders. Instead the believers were to wait for the Lord, Who knows men’s hearts. In His time He would reveal the hidden motives and give praise where it was due.
As we study God’s word diligently and pray earnestly for guidance, God will open our eyes to the truth of each situation. He will show us areas in our own lives that we need to address. In this way, regardless of what the world says about us, we will be able to decide: “To judge or not to judge?”