Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Ignore sin or confront it?

Don’t confront anyone about their sin. Be tolerant. Live and let live. Otherwise, you are a judgmental hypocrite. Right?
"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye. – Luke 6:41-42
While we aren’t called to do “drive-bys” and simply point out others faults, we are called to help others have victory over their faults. This passage in Luke chapter 6 isn’t telling us to ignore the sins of others. Jesus is not promoting tolerance. Rather, He is instructing us to deal with our own sin so God can then effectively use us to help others be freed from their sin. Jesus is calling us to be disciples so that we can then effectively and lovingly disciple others.

James also reminds us that it is important to make others aware of their sinful ways and then to help them overcome through Jesus Christ, “remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”

Let’s never tolerate sin. At the same time, let’s heed the words of Jesus and be very careful how we help others remove their specks of sin. Jesus says to start with yourself so that He can prepare, perfect, and position you to help others.

2 comments:

Gord said...

Great point Eric,
I have tackled this same point quite differently in my own blog today. I call it community advantage. Some Christians today see going to church as a waste of time, but God wants us to come together so that we can be transformed. Part of that transformation is to see one another's faults, recognize them as maybe being one of our own faults, change our own behaviour as a result, and relate our experiences to one another. This should inspire them to begin to make the change in their own lives. It is only out of a heart of love that we need to point out one another's faults. To confront out of love is more loving than not confronting at all. This is one of the many ways that God uses to transform our lives - one another.
Blessings,
Gord

Eric Jones said...

Gord,

Good point. The Christian life is not a life of solitude. We need each other. Jesus even surrounded himself with others - His disciples. Trying to serve God alone is ill-advised and almost always unproductive.