On the other hand, should we discuss the issue with others and by so doing, engage in the art of backstabbing?
In my opinion there are two main reasons why an individual may not confront a pastor or senior official in the church, namely fear and ‘man-pleasing’, so as to curry favour or supposedly remain in the good books of the man of God.
This type of action only hinders the character development of an individual, as he may be unaware of the error in his actions. We only need to look at the spate of incidents involving senior officials in the church, which prompts the question:
Was there no one bold and sincere enough to confront based on the truth?
In confronting, we need to adopt the approach that Paul used with Peter in Galatians 2 verses 11 – 14:
When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong.
Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group.
The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.
When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?”
The Bible tells us in countless ways that only the truth will set us free. Let us adopt the boldness shown by Paul in confronting with love and truth when we see wrong being done.
Shalom – Love Never Fails
©Insight for the Day 2014