Pushing Back, Part V (a new series for Thanksgiving week)

21 Nov

Ephesians 5:11-13, “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.  For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.  But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light:  for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.”

Lies within the Body of Christ:  The Pushing Back series is only coincidentally falling on Thanksgiving week.  I am concurrently running another series on thankfulness and places we have traveled, especially those we saw on Thanksgivings past.

But the Pushing Back series needs to happen on this blog, for I have been watching some hideous lies creep into bodies of believers, couched in love for people who are sinning and then lying about it.

When that is a familymember, it is hard (read:  almost impossible) to discern.  We all love our children and want them to succeed.  When they are shortcircuiting their own lives by being habitual liars or even by breaking the law, we want to make excuses for them.  We need to not do that.

The world calls that “enabling” them.  I think the world is right.  If no one ever calls a habitual liar on his lies, they will continue.  It is when we love someone enough to do the tough thing that healing (and forgiveness, for we need to use the Biblical word here) can truly commence.

I have seen the advent of  what we might term mental illness within the church itself.  It is not in higher percentages than outside the church, but the church is no longer protecting people from the worst effects of mental illness, their own and that of others around them.

I believe that is because the church has, in many cases, ceased to call out the lies upon which mental illness is built.  Mental illness always skews the world around the sufferer, making it a totally different place than it is in reality.  We must have compassion for the person who is truly mentally ill, but compassion does not mean participating in his lies with him.

Unfortunately, the climbing number of mentally ill people within the church means that often a person can be talking to someone else at church and become aware that an entire story that is being told is false.

Or that a person has totally misread the motives of another person and is lambasting that person for an incident that is totally made up.

With compassion, we must lead that person back toward the truth.

We must.  Or risk being in a church where everyone has his own version of the truth, none of them matching.

Chaos.

God’s Word will sort us out, if we use it to turn His light on when lies are present.  His light will reprove the lies.  It will be the best thing for everyone when this happens.  Especially for the person sunk into a lifestyle of habitual lies.

People who are in lifestyles of habitual lies need our help.  We must do the hard thing, the thing that takes work, and reprove the lies until they either go away or else are rendered harmless to the people around us.

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