(Rom 3:23) for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,
There is a popular segment on ESPN’s Count Down Show where Coach Mike Ditka humorously weighs in on various topics. After each topic Coach Ditka simply says “Stop It” As I look at Herman Cain’s recent problems of sexual harassment allegations along with the accusations of a 13 year affair. Couple that with Eddie Long’s wife filing for divorce than changing her mind than deciding once again to continue her divorce petition. The same phrase comes to mind “STOP IT” it is time for people especially those who consider themselves to be Christians to simply “STOP IT” People’s short comings or accusations of short comings should not be news nor should we be talking about them. Personally I’m repenting of sharing and spreading such news and reports myself. The word of God tells us (Mat 18:15) If one of my followers sins against you, go and point out what was wrong. But do it in private, just between the two of you. If that person listens, you have won back a follower. (Mat 18:16) But if that one refuses to listen, take along one or two others. The Scriptures teach that every complaint must be proven true by two or more witnesses. (Mat 18:17) If the follower refuses to listen to them, report the matter to the church. Anyone who refuses to listen to the church must be treated like an unbeliever or a tax collector (CEV).
Why is it that people’s short comings and mistakes are aired on local, regional, and national news? People’s private affairs should remain private. God is not pleased with what he sees as our base scripture says (Rom 3:23) for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, it also says (James 2:10) If you obey every law except one, you are still guilty of breaking them all.
So why is it that as long as it’s not our sin or issue we are so ready to put others down to talk about how awful they are? Yet God is not pleased with us because of our own personal short comings. Some of us may have filthy minds or secret sins yet because we have not been found out we always talk about other people’s short comings and issues. Here is how the Word instructs us to deal with those in authority when they have short comings. (1Ti 5:19) Don’t listen to any charge against a church leader, unless at least two or three people bring the same charges. (1Ti 5:20) But if any of the leaders should keep on sinning, they must be corrected in front of the whole group, as a warning to everyone else. (1Ti 5:21) In the presence of God and Christ Jesus and their chosen angels, I order you to follow my instructions! Be fair with everyone, and don’t have any favorites (CEV). Now the problem here is that in some churches these days there is nothing in place to hold those in authority accountable.
King David is often referred to as a man after God’s own Heart yet he had Uriah killed after committing adultery with his wife and impregnating her. Out of all the popular Preachers alive today I don’t believe that none of them come close to having the heart of David who after all of his short comings God still referred to him as his servant years after his death. Jerusalem is still known as the City of David. So why do we expect perfection out of imperfect people? We all have our issues and short comings the Word says (Mat 7:3) You can see the speck in your friend’s eye, but you don’t notice the log in your own eye. (Mat 7:4) How can you say, “My friend, let me take the speck out of your eye,” when you don’t see the log in your own eye? (Mat 7:5) You’re nothing but show-offs! First, take the log out of your own eye. Then you can see how to take the speck out of your friend’s eye(CEV). It also tells us (Gal 6:1) Brothers, if a man is overtaken in a fault, you the spiritual ones restore such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering yourself, lest you also be tempted. (Gal 6:2)Bear one another’s burdens, and so you will fulfill the Law of Christ. (Gal 6:3) For if anyone thinks himself to be something, being nothing, he deceives himself.
People are people and folks are folks it is high time that we stop paying attention to the latest scandal and gossip when someone comes up short morally. Instead of talking pray for them that God will deliver them from whatever short comings and issues they are dealing with. At the same time Praise God that your faults and short comings are not on the nightly news or being viewed all over the Internet. The funny thing about it is that while we talk about others who are down. When they turn to God he is ready to forgive and forget. We are the one still dealing with our hidden sins and issues those people whose life has been put on blast can now experience true deliverance and healing. So instead of sharing and spreading the news of someone’s short comings and failure JUST STOP IT !!! Be Encouraged and Blessed Minister Mike.