(Matthew 12:20 ESV)
Over the last few weeks I’ve gotten a lot of emails with basically the same subject.
‘What are you going to do about (fill in the name)?”
You see, I’ve been online a long time and over that time people have come to associate other people with me as friends.
Some of those people have appeared to leave the faith and they speak ill of the church.
Some of them are going through divorces or recovering from one.
Some of them have been hurt so badly by the church that they have adopted strange new beliefs because at the end of the day they must believe in something.
Some of them just seem to be lost, yet still broadcast their location on social media.
“So…”pastor”… “what are you going to do about (fill in the name)?”
My answer usually is found to be inadequate.
The expectation is that I will rebuke, chastise, correct, threaten, or damn the straying one… and do it on social media so all can see that it’s been done.
None of the above is the answer I give.
The answer I give is that I will love them.
The bruised and bent reed once stood straight before it was struck and wounded.
Another strike will not straighten it and may break it.
The smoldering wick was once on fire burning brightly until someone or someones snuffed it.
It could go out entirely unless gently coaxed back to a flame.
We have no shortage of folks in the church today who specialize in striking and snuffing…especially on social media where you can’t see someone break or a ember die.
What would Jesus do?
We know what He won’t do.
Break or snuff.
I’m with Him.
I have to be…I’m a bit bent and flickering myself.
Make your own application…