(Galatians 6:1 ESV)
Upon the reading of the Scriptures the church says “amen”…except when we don’t like what the Scriptures say, at which point we mouth an “amen” while muttering “hell, no!” in our hearts.
We’re in no mood to restore anyone, anywhere, in a spirit of gentleness.
Not in the church, not in the public sector, not in entertainment, or athletics.
On the contrary,we to want ban, beat, impeach, crush, humiliate,indict, deport, and dispose of anyone who violates our boundaries of law and ethics.
We have all now been trained to be angry, but not to balance that anger with grace or to be angry in proportion to the offense.
“But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.” (Galatians 5:15 ESV)
We have developed a hideous taste for each others flesh.
We have become hanging judges in the hanging court and we will be even more angry when we run out of rope.
“They” have gotten away with too much for too long.
“They” have used position, power, and wealth to bring evils upon us.
There are two problems here.
First “they” are only using what “we” have given them.
We place people upon idolatrous thrones that we make with our own hands and set expectations for the seat that do not include the reality of sin.
We take our eyes off our God and transfer His goodness to a vessel that can not hold it.
When they fail us, (and they inevitably will) we destroy them and find another to work the same foolishness upon.
The second problem is that we are all subject to the same sins and temptations as those who we are angry with.
In truth we are waiting in line for our own fall….waiting with rope in hand that we will discover fits our necks as well.
We will beg for the grace we denied others as our friends devour us.
The cycle will continue, but nothing will ever change.
I’m getting close to the front of the line…
Make your own application…