There’s Wisdom in Silence

I’m getting sick and tired of Christians slating other Christians. Over the last few days we’ve had Mark Driscoll resigning from his position as Senior Pastor of Mars Hill Church, and outcry because Pastor Brian Houston didn’t specifically say that gay marriage was wrong during a media interview. He later released a statement clarifying Hillsong Church‘s position.

In both cases, before even the mainstream news media outlets could give their spin, Christian bloggers were pulling both men apart. Why is it that we find it acceptable to ridicule others?

Matthew 18:15-17:

15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

I understand that if we see our brother failing, then it is our responsibility to go along side and help them. Unfortunately what I see across Facebook, Twitter, blogs and other mediums is neither going alongside the person, nor helping them. Rather, it appears to be an open field for shooting people down, because either they have failed, or we disagree with their theology, amongst other things.

Do people ever stop to think how this looks to those who don’t have a relationship with Jesus? Why would anyone ever want to choose to follow Christ, when a lot of those we see following Him, don’t even get on with each other, and always shoot others down.

What is our calling in life?

Matthew 28:16-20:

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

I believe that there are 4 things we are to do in life:

  1. Go into our world
  2. Make disciples
  3. Baptise those disciples
  4. Teach them in the ways Jesus taught

Nowhere in that list, does it say, “Shoot down those who fall, or those we disagree with.”

Tonight, thankfully, at the Gateway Conference 2014, we did see that through the whole process with Mark Driscoll, he has friends who have been speaking into his life, and giving him guidance. This is the biblical model for correction, not some keyboard warriors wanting to pull everyone down who they disagree with theologically.

A lesson I am learning, and at times failing in, is that there is wisdom in silence. Perhaps we should learn to be silent about others, and more vocal about Jesus.

The world needs more Jesus, not more condemnation.

One Thought on “There’s Wisdom in Silence

  1. In one sense I whole heartedly agree with your blog.. Especially in the case of Pastor Mark Driscoll, many Christians slated him because of personality and popularity. The taste of Pastor Driscoll’s blood in the water over the last few months has made their appetite insatiable. In all areas of the church we need to be more gracious to those who struggle and fall. The parable of the servant who is forgiven a debt then goes out and throws another servant into prison for a much smaller debt comes to mind.. It is our fallen nature that grades sin on different levels, seeing one worse than another but to God they are all the same.. pride manifests itself as self-righteousness hides in all our hearts and we need to guard against it..

    However, the comments by Pastor Huston have drawn attention for slightly different reasons.. The hot topic at the minute is homosexual marriage and the church at large is divided over the issue, so some clarity was important. That said there should be more grace involved not only in dealing with differences of conscience but also in dealing with the issue at large. Although, some people see the issue of gay marriage as a demonstration of the irrelevance of the Church to modern life. I disagree and the fact that the church is struggling to articulate a response that is gracious and in line with the Biblical mandate shows our compassion and desire to reach the lost. Granted it is a fine line but never-the-less it does exist.

    Thought provoking blog. GJ

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