The Ministry of Burdens: Part Four

August 18, 2010

A fourth way that we “bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2) is by suffering the sins of one another without judging. While we are all responsible to God personally for our short-comings and sins, our maturity in Christ is a community project as we strive to live for Christ in solidarity (as one body) in the Gospel. Where Hillary Clinton may have been wrong-headed about child-rearing, in some sense it does “take a village” to bring us to maturity in Christ as members of Jesus’ body.

When a brother or sister’s sin is exposed, we should consider whether or not our laziness in our care for one another may have contributed to their stumbling into darkness. We should examine whether or not we have been faithful to pray for them, whether we have served them well, considering their needs even above our own, and whether we have pursued their spiritual well-being as dearly as our own.

We must also guard against hypocrisy in our judgment of our brother or sister.  Jesus’ words are important in helping us discern our hearts. We must be careful to take the log out of our own eyes before pointing out the speck in the eye of our brother.

However, where we have been faithful in our care for one another, and this brother or sister is in sin despite the best efforts of the community to encourage or warn them, we must still remember that we are to seek restoration with gentleness in our pursuit of them. This implies that we are to forebear with others – even disciples that we aren’t sure are “getting it”. Our hope for them is not in what they are, but what they can be in Christ who is making all things new.


One Response to “The Ministry of Burdens: Part Four”

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