A friend wrote on my Facebook yesterday “careful Wes, telling the truth has been known to get one in trouble.”
I’ve written about some tough things lately. In writing about both homosexuality and women’s pornography I know I have offended people who are close to me. I know these topics are not the kind that tend to advance you in the world today. Why not leave good enough alone, why cause a stir?
I write on tough topics because I love my church. Every word on my blog is primarily directed to spur believers towards godliness. I’m not saying that my words are sacred, I simply attempt to look at scripture and apply it to whats going on today.
Every church struggles in two directions. The first is a struggle towards legalism. Often when people approach the Bible they attempt to use it to make a list of dos and don’ts. When we trust in our own good works we sin because we are not relying on the perfect work of Jesus to change us. The other struggle is to look at the freedom we have in Christ as a license to live however we want. We think if God is love and God saved me then I don’t really need to worry about how I live.
My blog is filled with calls against both. Recently I have been emphasizing and warning about the sins that are creeping into everyday life that if we are not careful will become the norms.
I am shocked at how quickly and easily sin has found a common place among us Christians. I reminded of Romans 6 “1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?”
The bible is clear, once we follow Christ there is no place for sin. It states that once our heart belongs to Jesus we should put to death that which is of darkness.
Ok, ok Wes you are getting awfully close to judging other, right? I guess I am. When I see brother and sisters (believers) living in sin I think we all have a responsibility to lovingly call them back. We should care so much for our friends that we don’t allow them to be deceived by sin. Isn’t that what Ephesians says? “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” The bible also says in Galatians “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
As believers we should love each other, but we should love each other enough to help each other when we are struggling in sin. Love does not leave a friend alone when they are blindly following what would harm them. Love steps not on, but instead beside to walk with them.