April 19, 2014 by Stacy McDonald
What exactly is it that causes that perverse glee to spring up in the heart of man when he sees another person fail? It’s evident on the front of every tabloid. We love to see someone else fatter than us, dumber than us, or seemingly more wicked than us.
We compare our strengths to someone else’s weaknesses and we pat our back pockets…the one containing those stones.
Sadly, the same thing happens in the church—especially if there is already angst against the person who fails.
“We just knew there was something about that guy! We used to think he hung the moon; but lately, after getting to know him, he started seeming so, so…human.”
We’ve seen the cycle. And it hurts. It hurts everyone. It hurts the church and it hurts the heart of Christ.
If your idol-of-the-day has failed you, don’t blame your idol for your idolatry. He has his own sin to deal with. You deal with yours.
I might add that I’m not part of the “we have no right to judge” crowd that wants to excuse sin in the church by behaving as though 1 Corinthians 5:11 doesn’t exist. But someone else’s sin, no matter how grave, should never cause us smug satisfaction. Instead, it should cause us to grieve, as our Lord grieves. And it should cause us to examine our own lives in humility and godly fear.
No happy dances here.