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Drop the stones and get on your knees…

Earlier today, I posted a Facebook status that garnered more attention than I anticipated. As I saw solid Christ followers commenting on Mark Souder and his infidelity, I got a little upset and threw something together quickly because I was taking lunch and I figured I’d fix it later. I didn’t think anyone would take it (most asked but I didn’t care if they gave credit to me or not) and post it on their own but I was surprised to see it show up in several different places. There must have been more in it than I realized. Here’s what it said.

-Souder said today, “I sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual
relationship with a part-time member of my staff, I am so shamed to have hurt those I love.” His sin isn’t any worse than yours and mine so unless you plan on airing your dirty laundry, don’t bash him for his. El Nahsah. Drop the stones and get on your knees.-

I’m broken for a man who I believe to be a fellow Christ follower. In a time of weakness, he chose not to follow Christ, but his own desires. How often do you and I do the same thing? It seems that there are a few sins that give us authority to condemn and criticize others like abortion, homosexuality, unwed pregnancy, porn and affairs. Why do we first choose to pick up stones instead of falling to our knees in prayer for these people?

As you may guess, his name, picture and sin will be plastered all over the local papers in the morning and the topic on all the local radio shows not to mention the many national outlets it’s already reached. Take a step back and think of your biggest sinful struggle and put it on the front page of your local paper with your picture and name.  I can imagine him feeling vulnerable and open and desiring Christ more than ever in this tumultuous time. What he’s getting is a bunch of hypocritical Christians “putting him in his place” This culture of “less-sinful superiority” consumes so many Christians and does nothing but contribute to their stagnation and the continued spiral of the ones being spoken of.

One of my friends who had a change of heart on this topic earlier today, posted that Philippians 2 smacked her in the face right when she needed. it. Here’s just the first part but I think it’s truly powerful.

Philippians 2:1-4 “If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

Here’s a link to the rest of the chapter if you would like it. (Bible Gateway)

What it boils down to is this. In most cases, people will come clean and confess openly if they know they will be supported and helped through the valley they are going through. Unfortunately, people know all too well that in most cases, openness is met with anger, condescension, belittling and a spirit that would be foreign to the Christ these spiritual oppressors claim to follow.

In the name of El Nahsah (the God who forgives)

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  1. lyndsey
    May 18, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    I really appreciate all of this. When I first heard about it today I definitely was a little dissapointed and I just thought bad right away. This definitely put me back in my place and made me realize how unchristlike my thoughts were today. thank you

  2. May 18, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    If he wasn’t an evangelical Christian, a conservative Republican that you voted for, would you even be posting something in his defense? Just asking.

    • May 18, 2010 at 9:33 PM

      I was waiting for someone to make that comment. I wasn’t defending him. I was being critical of the “Christian” response. He was wrong. He committed adultery. I don’t even thing it’s because he’s a Christian conservative Republican. The last two politicians who were unfaithful both spent most of their time weaseling out of it while trying to keep their jobs. (Sanford and Massa) One of them was a conservative Republican and the other was a liberal Democrat. Mark isn’t weaseling out of anything. He seems to be taking responsibility at this point.

      I think this caught my attention more than usual because so many Christians were responding in their statuses with anger and condescension. It again pointed out how biting we can be with certain sins while turning an eye to others.

      Had he not resigned, I would have been calling for him to do so.

      Thanks for calling me out and I expect you to do it again when you see it.

  3. May 19, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    Fair enough.

  4. November 1, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Well said in this post Brian. We should be broken hearted for each other in our sin, and recognize that these choices do no define us. When Father looks at us, He sees the righteousness of His son. Mark Souder is, as you said, a follower of Jesus, a child of the King. That is what defines him. Not a poor choice. Consequences are difficult enough to deal with without adding condemnation that we have no authority to place.

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