Accountability In A Culture Of “Don’t Judge Me.”

Accountability In A Culture Of “Don’t Judge Me.”

Accountability has and most likely forever will be a buzzword in evangelical circles. Especially when speaking in terms of men's ministry. I’ve spoken at a blue million men’s ministry events in the past 20 years, and 85% of the time somewhere, somehow, I hear accountability, and the need for it, mentioned when the emcee or event leaders are addressing the crowd before I speak. Accountability is like going to the dentist. You desperately need it, but you dread it. You know your health depends upon it, but it feels like getting your teeth cleaned: it can wait if it has to. There’s a pathogen that has slowly, quietly crept its way into churches in the last 10 years. I genuinely believe it comes from pop culture’s obsession with politically correct thinking and tolerance. Over time, more and more Christians have become comfortable and accustomed to being immersed in an American culture that constantly screams the “don’t judge” mentality with every opportunity. I cannot tell you how many times in the last 10 years I’ve heard Christians say, “I don’t want to judge him.” My response is normally along the lines of, “If what you’re saying about his life is true, what makes you think you’re being judgmental by caring enough to confront him?” While I do not have the time to dissect the heresy found in how Christian’s define judgment, I pray that all of us, myself certainly included, never, ever forget this simple fact: you are not being judged when you are told you are in the wrong. To say it another way: I’m not judging you by...