When a tree grows slightly crooked do we instantly chop it down?
It is God's creation and we generally tie it to a strong support and give it a chance to straighten up.
When we find a bird with a broken wing, or an animal with a broken leg, do we cast it out to look after itself?
It is God's creation and usually we are moved with compassion to get help so that it can mend.
Why then, when we see evidence of brokenness in a human being - a wrong action, a mistake or a failure - do we tend to dismiss them as bad, unacceptable, unsuitable, unable to change?
Have we never failed, or made a mistake?
What gives us, therefore, the right and authority to judge?
Surely, if we follow the example of Jesus, our approach will be creative and not destructive or judgemental.
If God has created all that is created, then He is the strong support that will enable healing, change, new life.
Discernment is given so that we can pray and invite Him into a situation, so that we can co-operate with Him in seeking wholeness and fullness of life for each and every individual.
Discernment is not an invitation to judge or criticise, it is an invitation to PRAY and follow up with whatever action we are led to take.
Is it just and right that we who are so imperfect demand perfection from those around us?