Monday; November 27
The other day I was reading the news and noticed an interesting development – a partisanship with regard to bad behavior. Typically, when we think of partisanship we look down political party lines, but this was something different; it seemed to be more along the lines of friends and colleagues. Entertainers were defending fellow entertainers while openly throwing politicians under the bus. Politicians were calling out athletes while excusing the bad behavior of their peers. Teammates were supporting each other while pointing out the faults of those on other squads or those outside their particular sport. This type of human nature is nothing new, but it can be dangerous. When we defend or excuse the bad behavior of those who are close to us we begin a trek down a path toward evil or lawlessness.
The Bible says that David was a man after God’s own heart, but when he sinned God held him accountable for this actions. After having Nathan, His prophet, identify the problem, the message to David was direct and to the point, “Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.”. (II Samuel 12:9)
Forgiveness is an important part of life, but for forgiveness to be effective there must be accountability. Let’s hold ourselves and our comrades accountable by calling a sin a sin and evenly calling out those who commit them.
Think About It!