I have friends who, just this past 2 months, have family members who died of cancer. I hate cancer! My grandmother died from one, and it is not something you would wish even to your enemies. Hearing stories how the medical field have created, and still creating, treatments and medicines against cancer is amazing. Also, many organizations are formed to support cancer patients and their families, giving donations and other support is awesome beyond words. So, this is how it goes, we kill the cancer and we save the patient. Not only save them from the imminent death but also to give that person the love and support he/she needs. Right?
How I wish it goes the same on how we treat sin and sinners. We kill the sin and we save the sinners. Not only that, but we also give them the love and support they need. Instead, we judge them, ridicule them, and we drive them out of the church. We became too religious and we forgot why we are in the church in the first place. Jesus, puts it this way . . .
And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” – Luke 5:30-32
The hospital is a place for sick people who wants to be well, as well as a church a place for sinners who wants to be forgiven. Jesus came not to call the righteous but the sinners to repent. If we, the church, treat the sin and the sinner the way the hospital treat the disease and the patient, then more and more people will come to the church to receive forgiveness and spiritual healing. We do not justify sin; we kill sin; we welcome sinners because they need help. We all need help because we are all sinners in need of a Savior. We are not holy because we are in the church; we are holy because Jesus forgave us and made us holy. Who are we, then, to deny people of that benefit?
Current mood: I’m alive!