Posted by: watchman | July 10, 2009

A Moral Dilemna

Last night, members of our ministry met to discuss an incident in the past, where a family was forced to leave the church due to a serious relational break between that family and the church leadership. I asked pver and over again “Was the Church loving?” They answered over and over again, “We were right… it had to be done.”

“That was not my question,” I would respond, “Was the Church loving? Did they care more for the well being of the people involved than for the protection of an institution.”

Paul writes this in Galatians 6:

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. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, 5for each one should carry his own load.

Often churches want to focus on who was right and who was wrong instead of focusing on care and compassion for the people involved. We would rather unburden ourselves than take on someone else’s weight and struggle.

Perhaps the next time your church faces a dilemna like this, it should ask “What is the loving thing to do?” instead of “What is the right thing to do?” For, our morality is defined by our love, not by our rightness.

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