There he was, totally naked with a look of humiliation, desperation, and shock. The swimming trunks of this pudgy little 8-year-old boy had slipped off and despite his persistency, he couldn’t get them back up. As I noticed him struggling, I assumed that within seconds he’d rectify the situation. I mean, how hard is it to pull your pants up? As I watched further, I realized that it wasn’t happening, especially while the other kids were pointing and laughing, robbing the little piglet of any concentration needed to pull those things up. I couldn’t take it anymore. I ran towards the little man, firmly grabbed hold of his trunks, pulled them up, asked him if he was ok and then walked away obviously feeling pretty awkward being so close to a naked little boy in public.
This past summer, as our kids played in the Charleston fountains, this crazy little story actually happened. Needless to say, I was no hero. I was just the only adult that noticed.
A couple of months ago, my friend Matt Carter posted a video further explaining our position on foul language. Honestly, we enjoyed the discussion, but have no intentions of raising the issue again here. However, the mockery and mean-spirited backlash, at the hands of Christians, was disheartening at best.
I pondered the hate-filled comments thought to myself, “What if Matt really was misled? What if his position was actually in err and his ‘misuse’ of language a sin?”
The Christian’s solution? In a PUBLIC forum, do NOTHING to rescue, redeem or gently correct, but rather HUMILIATE, MOCK, and “LOL” at!
All Christians sin but the greater tragedy is the lack of love that others respond with. Without love, Paul says we are all clanging symbols. Many Christians are caught with their “pants down” in sin, and they are trying to do something about it. They simply need a helping hand. Tragically, sometimes a Christian doesn’t know he is sinning. But, what does he receive from the church? “I’m better than you!” “You are dirty.” “My pants are on.” “You ought to be ashamed of yourself.” “Figure this out on your own.” “I’m not helping.”
The folks that posted disparaging comments about Matt’s video could have easily sent a personal message to him, expressing their concern, offering “wise counsel,” and resolving to keep Matt in their prayers. Their actions however demonstrated zero concern about the body of believers and no desire to help. Here’s some things that they’ve lost sight of:
1. Love: Jesus said to love our enemies. God’s people unfortunately often have a hard enough time loving fellow Christians with different opinions. Love takes action. It pities the Christian that is in sin and tries to get that person’s pants back on. It is gentle and humble of heart
2. Grace: Folks that abrasively go on the attack, pointing the finger at others’ sins with zero intentions of restoration, have certainly lost sight of what grace means to them personally. For some reason, they have forgotten that the blood of Jesus is the only thing that separates them from an eternity of hell. Not only have they lost sight of this, they also believe they’ve personally achieved a certain level of righteousness that keeps their pants from ever falling off. Now, they get to lord over the rest of us and watch for our pants to fall.
3. Unity: God’s kingdom currently exists in his people. It’s advancing as Jesus works through his church to bring lost souls into the body, thus expanding his kingdom. Jesus said a kingdom divided against itself will fall and yet these folks’ actions and words were divisive. What does this mean? It means that when it comes down to it, they do not care about the advancement of the gospel.
I reckon they are more concerned about appearing righteous and holy on the outside. God help anyone that wants to steal from His glory. I love and pray for all of you that consistently take this approach.
What do you think?
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