by Randy Chambers, 2015-01-09
Galatians 6:1, NIV: Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.
It hurts in a strange and different way. It feels like betrayal, yet that may be a bit strong. A person you admire, respect, or even love, lets you down. But it’s not that he or she let specifically you down, but that he or she did something to disillusion you. This person you admire behaved or said something inappropriate, or uncharacteristic. And suddenly—your world is shattered. It happens all the time. People are placed upon pedestals and expected to live up to being the person we see him or her as in our minds. But even the best examples we have here are stained with humanity and struggle with sin. And it is often those lifted up the most in the eyes of others that may crash the hardest. So, what do you do when that good Christian you have admired fails? “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” We will all fail at one time or another. It is not our place to judge, but to restore. It is our place to pick that person up, and help him or her regain footing on the path of God.