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)