By Trent Willenburg

We are living in a time and culture where, as Christians, many of us have become intimidated and do not speak up with regards to good and evil. Some are discouraged and do not speak up because there are other Christians who are hateful in their presentation and opposition of evil or wrong. Additionally, we are often told that we need to be tolerant of all, and that it is not good to “judge.” So, what’s the bottom line here? As followers of God and His son Jesus, the scriptures tell us that we must be mature in our ability to distinguish good from evil and that doing so is not being self-righteous. How so? Because it is God’s Word that is setting the standard of what is good or evil, not us.

We must, in a very loving way, distinguish (give a judicial estimation; discern) good from evil behavior based on the truth of God. We do NOT get to decide what is good or evil, right or wrong, for that honor belongs to God alone. Resist the present-day attempt to silence Christians who exercise good discernment, for truly both good and evil exist.

Heb 5:14 “But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”