Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Lamentations 2:14

"Your prophets have seen for you
false and deceptive visions;
they have not exposed your iniquity
to restore your fortunes,
but have seen for you oracles
that are false and misleading." (esv)

Silence about sin is not a good thing. Exposing sin allows people to turn from it. Exposing sin allows it to be recognized for what it is, so that we can walk in obedience. Reading through Lamentations, I get the sense that the narrator who bewails Jerusalem's razing would like nothing better than a chance to recognize sin in time to do something about it.

That's part of why I stay in the PC(USA). I believe that it is an imperative for those who minister to sound the warning. But it's equally important for me to hear denunciations of my own sin. There are times when I let sins that society endorses (pride, greed, etc) sneak up on me - heck, sometimes I even relish them. And it's at that moment that I need somebody with a different perspective to point me to a broader reading of the Scriptures with a chance to repent.

May God continue to send instruments of his hand - sharpening irons - in my path. Amen.


Bayou Christian said...

One does not need to surround himself with unrepentent heretics, and apostates to here differences of opinion, or to be challenged on their sins.

Jesus did hang out with sinners - repentant ones or at least those that were willing to be told about repentance.

The ones who did not like Jesus were the ones who thought everyone else were sinners and that they themselves were fine.

Just a thought.

Chris said...

Thanks, B!

I agree that heretics and apostates aren't helpful. But there are some in our camp who have been so burnt by them that they won't listen to the left-leaning orthodox.

That's all I want. Too often we make it about lining up politics, ignoring the deeper ground of unity in orthodox faith.

Bayou Christian said...

point well taken