“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot” (Matthew 5:13).
This morning I read an article The Storm Is Here. In the article, Mario Murillo addresses Christian singer, Lauren Daigle’s response when asked if homosexuality is a sin, as well as how her response is a reflection on the present state of Christian culture. I am trying to summarize his article in a single compound sentence, so please, by all means, click/press the link, and read the article for yourself.
A godly rebuke is intended to bring restoration. Christians do not, or should not, call out sin for condemnation-sake, rather, Christians call out sin for correction-sake. I am convinced, by the Spirit, that everything we do, we are to do out of love, following the pattern and example of Jesus Christ. Several years ago, God spoke to me, powerfully, through Colossians 3:17, concerning a question of sin. “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” That day marked a powerful moment in my journey with Christ. You see, on that day, I sought God for the physical, but his response to me was spiritual.
Unfortunately, the enemy has caused us to stumble, myself included, in a most insidious way. How can we help restore a brother or sister, or anyone else, caught up in sin, if we, ourselves, are caught up in sin, and worse yet, are oblivious? Not that I am saying that we must be without sin to give wise counsel; otherwise, who would be a left for God to use? However, we shouldn’t be willfully engaged in sin, or even worse, willfully blind. We have been tempted (Galatians 6:1) just as Paul warned. How can God use us to remove the scales from another’s eyes, if our own eyes are shut? How can God use us to remove the speck in another’s eye, if there’s a gaping plank in our own? I do not speak these words to avoid uncomfortable confrontations, or to keep friends; these words I speak address concerns, which the Spirit has laid on my heart.
How can I, for argument’s sake, be used to restore a practicing homosexual (referring back to the article), if I am ensnared in pride and idolatry, greed and over indulgence, divorce and adultery, gossip and obscene language, or immodest dress and drunkenness, even self-preservation and other seemingly benign traps (1 Corinthians 5:9-11). Like the Pharisees, who nullified the word of God by their tradition (Mark 7:13), in the same way, believers nullify the word of God by what we approve and disapprove; insert the importance of Paul’s instruction to the church in 1 Corinthians 5 here. “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot” (Matthew 5:13).
So, what am I learning? The whole of my experience is not contained within this post, as the Spirit has guided me in sharing his message throughout my blog, and I am a most unlikely vessel. His rebuke stung at first (it was quite painful in more ways than one), but I am grateful to God, nonetheless. I am grateful to God; that he has removed the scales from my eyes. I am grateful to God; that he is bearing me, with great kindness and patience, as I press forward toward the prize. After all, the richness of his kindness and patience is intended to lead us to repentance (Romans 2:4). Hallelujah!
Let us seek God and pray. Each and every one.
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