“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” Galatians 6:1
Everyone has a weakness regardless to if they want to acknowledge it or not. There is something in our lives that will cause us to fall or create a situation that places us in a bad position that is frowned on by others. The hard part is the aftermath of your situation, often time’s people make it difficult to shake your past and it sometimes becomes a public crucifixion.
This morning on Face book, one of my friends posted that he was having a hard time with the Joe Paterno story. He asked if the good that people do can be outweighed by the bad or do you overlook the bad if the person has done so much good for others. Despite the negative that is associated with the Paterno story, about him turning a blind eye to the molestation of the young children, the history of all the lives he changed for the good can’t be erased. Of course this becomes a little different when you look at it from the perspective of what if that was your child.
Look at this from a real perspective; before you became who you are now, how many situations did you turn your head on? How many times have you seen something and your thought was that it wasn’t your business and you didn’t need to get in it? I am not saying that what was suggested that Mr. Paterno did was wrong or right, what I am looking at is when does one allow for restoration to take place? How does one justify hanging a situation over a person’s head until, especially when the Bible says “Judge not that ye be not judged?”
The text here is simply saying that if someone falls into sin, we should forgivingly restore them. All of us are critical towards others at times, save the criticism because you may find yourself in a situation needing forgiveness yourself, possibly before the end of the day. We serve God better by reaching out to that person, talking with them and sharing not only our own testimony, also the love of Christ through His word. Allow the word of God to convict them to straighten up because in the end we can’t judge anyone because we are no better. We don’t have a Heaven or a hell to put anyone in and God doesn’t need us to do His job for Him. We are called to lead people to the cross, not nail them to it.
I am the founder of a non-Greek organization and currently I have suspended all activities on the undergraduate level so that we can clean up our house. I have been slandered and vilified to no end because they don’t see the big picture. It is no fun being in this position but if I have to be the sacrificial lamb for the greater good, then so be it. In this situation restoration is expected however, it will take all parties for it to happen.
When you are the headline your perspective changes because all eyes are on you. Just remember that when you place a spotlight on someone else, the spotlight moves. Let us work harder on restoration after someone falls.
Jesse R. Watson Jr
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