“Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” –Matthew 7:3
This verse has been challenging me a lot lately… It is just so easy to look around and see the faults in other people while ignoring your own. One thing that I find to be very prevalent lately is the bashing of churches- not by athiests or agnostics, but by Christians. By the very people who are suppose to BE the church.
Don’t get me wrong… There are a LOT of churches doing a LOT of things wrong. Pastors are making way too much money. There’s sexual abuse. Things are being preached about too hard and too long. Money is being misspent. They aren’t doing things the way we think they should be done. But guess what? Churches are run by imperfect people (just like every other organization in the world). That pastor that you feel did something wrong? He will have to stand before Jesus and answer for that, and I believe that what he hears from God will be a lot worse than anything you or I have to say about it. Should pastors and staff be held accountable? Absolutely. Should they be gossiped about and publicly berated on blogs and in articles? Definitely not.
Let’s not forget that gossip is a sin just like any other…
There has been a lot of talk lately and I am guilty of it, too. The Lord has really been dealing with me about it the last few days and I just wanted to apologize to anyone with whom I have engaged in these talks with. Next time I don’t like something that someone is doing, I will go to them rather than talking behind their back. (Matthew 18:15a “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone.”)
If I’m being honest, I really hope that no one is writing blog posts about my mistakes or sitting around having conversations about them. So to the people who are doing that about others, I ask you, would you please get that log cabin out of your eye first? I’m working on removing mine now.