Punish but do not condemn
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Another rather terrible occurrence recently has thrown the church into a negative light yet again. A pastor has been accused of rape. The church has moved swiftly, and rightly so, to distance itself from the alleged incident but while the law of the land must be respected, I hope that the church will forgive the pastor and not banish him from the congregation - even if they do ban him from pastoral duties.
The church, by God’s definition is many group of persons who play different roles to accomplish the tasks that God sets out for us. The church was established by God, and Jesus Christ is its head.
Christians are not meant to live out their faith isolated from each other. They are called to look after each other in love. Joining a church is serious business in the eyes of God because you express a willingness and commitment to walk with God and allow yourself to be disciplined.
You also acknowledge that you are a follower of Christ and Christ is your model for how you will live and how you will treat others.
The Scribes and Pharisees confronted a woman who was caught in the act of adultery. According to the Law of Moses, this woman was to be stoned to death. Jesus' stance was for the Scribes and Pharisees, but also for the church was: “If anyone of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Jesus did not condemn the woman.
The French philosopher Voltaire said: "Of all religions, the Christian should of course inspire the most tolerance, but until now Christians have been the most intolerant of all men. Jesus spilt His blood on that cross for the remissions of our sins; He did not stretch forth His arms to make hypocrites!"
This is a wakeup call, my brethren! It's not the first time that something like this is happening and it will happen again. God’s holiness demands sin to be punished. But God’s love has provided a way of redemption through Christ. His desire is redemption over judgment and condemnation, so let us be prayerful for each other.