First, I apologize for my reference to (CCC #1472) and use of Godly “Punishment.” I was considering that some may associate admonishment with punishment, as stated in an earlier post - “admonish with prejudice or extreme prejudice.” I also confused “punishment” for “manner.”
I would also like to update my understanding of the concepts regarding this thread.
“I've always been under the opinion it was an obligation to say something when someone has done something blatantly sinful in front of you, like stealing form a store or calling you up to talk about their exploits, that sort of thing.. Not things like, “I don't think you take your spiritual life seriously enough.”
First, I urge you to take great caution and consideration about what to do in this situation because there are Citizenship duties and there are Christian duties, and they can easily be confused.
Though I am not certain of the Law of the Land, as a citizen of the Land there is definitely somewhat of an obligation to say something when someone has done something blatantly criminal.
On the other hand, the same blatant crime may be committed, but both the determination of sinfulness and fitting admonishment are very difficult to be accurate, righteous, and effective.
Without further consideration, in order to attempt to peacefully meld citizenship and Christianity, I would recommend you to take greater care in either whom you associate with or what you associate about.
Regarding the determination of Sinfulness
A sin is the willful disobedience of God’s Word.
In a single wrongdoing or criminal act, there are several thoughts/behaviors that are not of patience and kindness. The key to determining sinfulness lies deep in the person’s mind*, which is why (James 4:11-12 ESV) is BEST.
*There are three considerations to determine sinfulness: 1. How well/accurate does the “sinner” understand God’s Word? 2. How well does the “sinner” understand how to do God’s Word? 3. Did the “sinner” willfully disobey their understanding & know how of God’s Word?
Regarding the Righteousness and Effectiveness of Admonishment
The only time there is an obligation to admonish the sinner is if all the following progressive questions were true:
1. Do you have Authority over the "sinner" or if not, is the "sinner" seeking your advice/understanding? If so, the just opportunity to admonish is open. However, this does not mean you should.
2. Does your interpretation and practice of the Word accurately represent God and the Faith? If so, you are now at a level of righteous admonishment. And though you most likely will not weaken the sinner’s faith, consider that you may not strengthen it any either.
3. Can you fittingly* admonish in a Godly(patient and kind) manner? If so, you are now at the level of effective, righteous, and Godly admonishment!
*Determine where exactly the “sinner” is having difficulty applying God’s Word. This could range from determining which aspect of His Word is not properly understood to misunderstanding of the aspect of His Word to lack of understanding how to do His Word.
Thank you all very much for your considerations and thoughts! You have helped me grow in faith! Please share your thoughts, considerations, and especially critiques.