Thursday, April 2, 2015
It’s gone public!
John 19:4c – “I am going to bring him out to you now…”
John 19:5a – Then Jesus came out…
While Pilate’s motivation for outing Jesus seems to be more directed at clearing himself from any guilt related to what might happen to Christ, the net effect of Pilate’s behavior was the same. After much private humiliation, Jesus would now suffer public ridicule and the indignation of many people. Some people are broken in ways that covering your frailties, faults or failures is not possible. They are unable to strengthen your weaknesses and instead take much delight in exploiting them. It’s not enough for them to be privy to your situation, they must share it with people you know and don’t know. The Bible aids us in understanding the ‘why’ of this morbid behavior. Galatians 6:1 reads, “Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.”
We are here instructed as to what we must do when a brother or sister is “overcome by some sin.” Conspicuously absent from the instruction, is taking their frailties, faults or failures public. We are told to simply, “…gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path.” So why is it then that so many people fail to follow such simple instruction? Take a closer look at the verse and notice this phrase, “you who are godly…” There is a sense in which we began to understand the ungodliness of exploiting a brother or sister or anyone’s weakness, for that matter. So what do you do when someone has discovered a frailty, fault or failure of yours and they bring it and you out in public for the purpose of shaming you? You realize that they are the person Galatians 6:1 is talking about when it speaks of a brother or sister being “overcome by sin.” You then do what Galatians 6:1 says should be done to the person in that circumstance; “gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path.” Sometimes that will mean you will be limited to praying for them but prayer is limitless in its impact. You also exercise caution to not fall into the same temptation yourself. The only question that must be answered is, “are you the person mentioned in Galatians 6:1 where it says, “…you who are godly?”