As I read another story of a man of God who committed “manly sins” which had been kept under wraps by the leadership of his church for many years until the offence occurred again and again, I was intrigued to read the comments that followed and I was not disappointed to see a barrage of “do not judge for you too will be judged”.
I tire for Christians o, judging is not the same as calling sin what it is “sin”! whether it’s a “man of God”, the usher, the executive director of a charity or CEO of a blue chip company, when someone does wrong, let’s call it what it is, how else will the individual know that they’ve done wrong and seek repentance? It’s seems to me that It’s only within the church which is meant to lead this moral guidance that it’s mostly covered up. If the chairman of a bank commits fraud and siphons millions of customer’s savings to a personal account, the media will make meat of him not to talk of the courts but in the church, we cover it. I’m not saying a church should oust their Pastor to the media but even the bible tells us to “confess your faults to one another” yet we keep it all under wraps. Is it any surprise that the world actually does not trust the church anymore, I recall someone telling me that the church is no different from a cult, I could not find any word to defend.
When these pastors fall in to sin, I’ve come to learn that the problem is not usually the Pastors themselves but their church! The individuals who put them on such pedestals and unattainable glory stage, it’s these same individual who will start the shouts of “do not judge bla bla bla”, if I am a Pastor and I have such individuals around me, I will get away from them fast. These are the people who will stop him/her from seeing his nose when it’s dripping because they’ll be quick to wipe it. This is probably why Jesus told Peter “get thee behind me satan”. I’d rather have people who will tell me the truth and bring me back in line asap, after all, what does it profit a man to gain this whole world and lose his life.
Judging is not calling sin for what it is, Judging occurs when someone does something and you don’t know why but you decide to assign a motive to it anyway and jumping to unnecessary and unproductive conclusions. Calling sin what it is requires that you have all the evidential truth to hand and where it’s against what the bible teaches us, you call it!
Does that mean the sinner is beyond redemption? That’s another extreme, where someone has done wrong and they’re condemned for it forever, the bible says “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”, it also says “let he who is without sin cast the first stone”. Now if you remember this latter story, Jesus said to the woman “Go now and leave your life of sin.” It was acknowledged that there was sin but He did not condemn her, He extended the hand of mercy and grace. This is what I believe the church should do when Christians especially those in leadership find themselves in difficult situations, don’t sweep it under the carpet, don’t form hush hush committee, call it what it is, extend mercy and grace and for the sake of the offender, give them time to be rehabilitated and return to God before putting them on the pulpit again, otherwise, the scenario will play itself all over again like a bad dream.
It’s high time the church remembers that these people are “men and women of God” and not “God of men or women”, they’re humans like you and I battling the same pressures, temptations and battlefield of the mind. Do not idolise them or put them in difficult positions by placing unrealistic expectations on them.
Lastly I believe Paul said it all when he admonishes us to “continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose”. Phil 2:12b-13.
Have a great weekend y’all…. I’d love to hear from you.