Being a minister’s wife, I know you see sin all around you. I, personally, am at the point where I can’t take it anymore! Every time I look up, there’s something new, from gay marriages, to abortions, to idolatry and everything in between. Their agenda seems to be in the forefront and is overshadowing the church. As a minister’s wife, how do you and your husband handle/deal with the onslaught of sin that is running rapid in our nation?
Hi “Fed Up With Them”. Thanks for your question. The first thing we as “Believers” must do is LOVE!! No secret formula, no magic potion…just LOVE. NOT our(human) kind of love either, but Christ’s love. We forget that sin has been in the land since the beginning of time, so we mustn’t act as if it’s some “new” thing. Listen, sinners do what they do best very well and that's SINNING. So why are we so surprised and in an upheaval when they do it? It behooves me when I see Christians act shocked and are in disbelief when people sin. But, that means that we(Believers) aren’t doing our jobs – walking in love and praying. Believers don’t like to hear this, but the enemy is very good at what he does, we on the other hand have somehow dropped the ball. We’ve gotten so far from Jesus’ heart where the unbeliever is concerned. Nowadays we point fingers, turn our noses up, judge, accuse and yes, even hate them! As if we(AFTER we’ve received Him in our hearts) are squeaky clean ourselves! YES, HATE the sin, but LOVE the sinner! We’ve gotten it twisted, we now hate the sin AND the sinner. This is so not the will of the Father. Sad to say, but we’ve even brought that same mentality into the Body of Christ concerning our fellow Believers who have fallen to sin. We use the spirit of religion to beat people up as opposed to the love of Christ to draw them to Him! I even wonder if Jesus is more disappointed with our actions than He is with theirs, because we know better. In all honesty, why would anyone want to come to know Him with the way some of us are representing Him? I know that if I were an unbeliever, I wouldn’t. We are to love people so much that it opens their hearts to allow Christ to come in and do the work. That's it! We make it more complicated than it is, you know why, because we have our flesh and personal opinions involved. As the Body of Christ, we must re-evaluate how we’re representing Him, go BACK in His Word and SEE how He did it(dealt with sin and sinners) and DO only that!
As much as we may hate sin, we still must approach them the way Jesus did. My husband instills this into our congregation. Two things he said that were profound to me...(1) it's not what we say in opposition to sin, it's what we do in opposition to sin that will counter attack it and (2) people don't want to hear about your Jesus if you're using your Jesus to belittle them. Great advice, don't you think! Btw…my good friend Chris who blogs over at "THE MOM CAFE" wrote an excellent post on this very subject, which I think hits the nail on the head. You can read it HERE. I apologize for any harshness that may be in my answer, but I’m very passionate about this subject, as our command from Christ is to seek and save the lost by showing others His love and through His love, they'll be drawn to Him. Thank you again for your question…have a blessed weekend!
Colossians 4:5-6, John 13:34-35, Luke 6:31-35, Matthew 5:13-16, John 3:16
I’ve been married for over 24 years to my husband, a pastor. I’ve worked alongside him in ministry full-time for over 17 years. During that time, we've pioneered two ministries and I've established a women’s ministry(Women of Excellence). We have three adult children and a son-in-law. My areas of specialty are family, marriage and women’s issues. Hopefully the (Godly)wisdom I’ve learned through my years of experience will lead you to and keep you on the road to doing you well! As my husband always says...why spend your life going down a road you don't have to travel, when someone else has already learned the lesson and can show you how to avoid that path.
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