Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me. Psalm 119:133
Letting specific sins rule over us is a problem. However people addressing sins of others, to avoid talking about theirs, is even more common. Being a hypocrite is a sin; and it’s one, if not put in check, enables a sinner to rule over you. Because a hypocrite says one thing but does another, which equal to lying, is he or she is also living a life of sin. This is really common among church folk.
Some sins are just too uncomfortable to bring up, especially when you are also among those who commit them. God commands us to stand in awe of his laws; that means we have to take them serious. It’s not enough to point out other people’s sins….you have to admit to yours too. If you don’t, nobody wants to listen to you. It’s wrong to tear somebody down to bring yourself up to a level where you don’t belong. People need more love, not more of life’s lashings. If you don’t have the love of God in you, then don’t try to lead people to Christ, because God won’t allow you.
That said, don’t waste people’s time. Send someone committed to the cause, which is saving souls and leading people to Christ by example…. In Matthew 7:3-5, Matthew takes issue with people who overshadow another’s faults, while down playing their own. He calls people who do this hypocrites. I love it when a man of God, or woman of God, calls it like he or she sees it. And I cringe every time I hear Christian’s calling out another person’s unacceptable or sinful behavior, knowing they behave just as badly.
In other words…the adulterer has no right to rebuke the alcoholic. In order for rebuking words to be effective, the one doing the rebuking has to already have his house in order. Otherwise….his shady words, puffed-up display of concern and insincere intentions are in vain. As Christians, God expects all of his children to align their lives with His, even when it’s difficult. However, since no man is perfect, we should at least do the best we can with what we have to work with; God will do the rest.
Now if you find it pressing to go to a brother or sister, put their sins on blast; as if you really have spiritual authority to do so, make sure you share yours first.That way you will be received well. Face it….nobody likes a Holier than Thou sinner.
“Talk to me about me, only if you’re willing to share your own little secrets as a sinner. If you do that I know you truly understand my dilemma” Denise Thornton
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:3-5