Week 18 Chapter 14B
The Morality Police, or Restoration?
When Jesus gave the disciples the power to “loose and bind,” He was giving them the authority to act on His behalf here on Earth. What some Christians forget is that the purpose was not to have a “sin squad,” but rather to act to draw people to the body, in love and with respect.
Jesus had restoration, not rejection in mind when He gave us this charge. The last thing He would want to do is to create more Pharisees. The keyword to remember in His idea of Church discipline, is the “heart” of the man. Jesus knows that all men sin. There are none righteous (Isaiah 53:6; Ro. 3:23) and no one is qualified to judge the sin of another. In giving the power of church discipline to the church, Christ’s desire was to soften the hearts of those who stubbornly, willfully, and consciously reject Christ for a habitual life of sin.
Often, though, the biggest sin comes from those self-elected persons, who have come to “confront” a person about their sin. It is their job, or so they think, to demand of the alleged sinner to repent. Jesus, on the other hand, implored the sinner to reconsider, and offered reconciliation with patience and submission. The difference in attitude between the sin police and Jesus may have a profound affect on the outcome.
The motivation of the “sin police,” as we have seen in previous chapters, is often derived from a heart of assumed superiority, and for the purpose of self-aggrandizement. They want to feel good about themselves, therefore, they look down on their brother. They want to beat their brother into submission. They are not seeking restoration, they are seeking submission, which is not the same. Their motivation is self-serving. Jesus never did that.
Jesus did not have an ego to stroke. His goal was for the sinner to reconcile with God and his fellow man. Jesus raised the bar calling the man to a higher relationship, and not dragging him under. The relationship that He called the man to participate in was like the one the Trinity enjoys.
How do you see sinners? Are they your friends, or people you use to make yourself feel “holy?” Take an inventory of your last encounter with someone who you thought was sinning. How did you handle it? How did they respond? How could you have done better?
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