I think we have been grotesquely lied to in the American church. Love has been distorted by the wishy-washy noncommittal attitude that pervades the young generations of America. “We don’t want to offend anyone,” and therefore the Gospel gets compromised. Sudden Buddha, the Dali Llama, and Jesus are the same person and we wonder where we went wrong. I’ll tell you where we went wrong:
It was suddenly acceptable to not hold anyone accountable for anything in the church and rebuking became an ugly thing of condemnation.
The love of God is a beautiful thing. I was dead, a sinner, a horrid goodie-two-shoes and God forgave me. Why? Because He loves me, because He knows my created value, because He wants to see His lovely daughter grow up and be untouchable by the world. You know what the word of God says about the people He loves?
I rebuke and discipline those I love. Revelation 3:19, Hebrews 12:6, Proverbs 3:12
Jesus says he disciplines and rebukes those He loves. Why would a loving God do that?! For the same reason I reprimand my 2 year old for running into the street, because he might die if I don’t. Yes, the wage of sin is death. If you are disobeying God, it might kill you. Alcoholism will ruin your liver, acid will ruin your brain, sex outside of marriage literally divides your soul, bitterness can give root to cancer, depression can turn you to suicide, porn puts you in shackles, lying makes the devil your father.
So, if you have a problem, I’m going to rebuke you. Why? Because I love you and I don’t want you to die! But guess what, I’m not going to tell you that you have a problem and leave. That is not Jesus. I’m going to offer my hand and say, “Let me help you up.” When lepers came to Jesus, did He say, “Yeah, you guys have leprosy, you’re disgusting,” and walk away? NO! He extended His healing hands and released them from their physical ailment.
These are the two problems in the church today:
- We think it is right to tell people they have a problem and leave them stuck in their sin or,
- We are too -ahem- toffee-hearted to confront people and therefore, we tolerate the sin or pretend like it’s not there.
Actually, what I mean by “toffee-hearted” is that we need get a backbone and grow a pair. Jesus had them, we need them too. It is our brotherly duty to tell a self-proclaimed Christian who is in sin that he or she is disobeying God, and extend a helping hand. It is a huge responsibility and the offer cannot be empty, we are suppose to bear one another’s burden! But that is what it means to be a Christian, you gave your life to God, and do you know what He says about friendship? Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13).
It is time to man up and be the people God is calling us to be and stop allowing our brothers and sisters to die because of sin. We must do this because leaving them in sin keeps them trapped and let’s the enemy win. Let’s bring heaven to earth and see everyone set free!
P.S. if you are wondering about Matthew 7:1- Do not judge, or you too will be judged. Verse two explains that the way you judge people, is the way you will be judged. So, if you tell a brother or sister they are sinning, and you don’t offer them help, expect the same thing. Read it in context and you will see that it is talking about refraining from hypocrisy, not judgement.
P.S.S. it is ok if you are mad at me for posting this, Jesus and I still love you.