I've been having an interesting dialog/debate recently about how we as Christians are to react to people (especially other Christians), who are living in sin. Actually, the discussion began earlier than that...and we could not reach common ground to agree on whether certain "lifestyle choices" are sin or not.
He brought up some good points about there being so many rules and laws in the Old Testament that we do not practice today, and how over the years the Christians seem to have picked out the ones that they want to continue to observe, but disregarded others as archaic. This made me think...and that is always a good thing.
So moving past that issue, what are we to do about sin in the lives of believers?
Do we welcome all people into our church family, regardless of past and present behaviors?
Do we not only preach God's love and grace, but be Jesus with flesh on and show them love and grace?
Do we love them so much that we tell them the truth about what they are doing...how it is damaging them and hurting God's heart?
Are we all accountable not only to God, but to each other as well?
Is that judging? Maybe it is. But we have a whole book of God's standards to follow. Why would they have been given if not for us to learn, live, teach and obey?
Do we have a sin problem in the church? You betcha. God calls us to be a sanctified people...most of us have a long way to go. But I believe that one of the duties of the church (and I'm speaking of the church body...not the church organization) is to encourage each other in holiness.
The dialog/discussion left me feeling a little frustrated and I'm afraid it left the other person feeling a little sad and disheartened. It's easy to want to say let's just forget about the whole subject and talk about something else. But it is too important to do that.
I think that we are in the last days and as time goes by it will get easier and easier for folks to be deceived. We have to know what we believe and why we believe it...and have the courage to speak up...even to other believers.
Lives are at stake. Souls are at stake. Eternity is at stake.
I would love to know your thoughts. Please leave a comment.