Today you should read: Job 8
Today we see one of Job’s friends (Bildad) call out Job and his families’ sin in the midst of their consequences. The trouble is that Job and his family was not suffering for any type of sin but his friend, Bildad just assumed that they sinned instead. Have you ever done that? Assumed and maybe even accused someone of sinning when they never did? It’s easy to do this in the church because it’s easy for us Christians to associate suffering as a sinful consequence. Although suffering can be a sinful consequence, it can also be at the hands of another person where the sufferer is righteous and just being sanctified through the suffering. It’s important for the people in the church to keep each other accountable and to practice church discipline but we have to be very careful in making assumptions regarding others. God is just concerning sin but not all suffering is just. I can’t imagine losing so much, being blameless in the midst of it all and all of a sudden a good buddy starts accusing me of sin for this depressing season. It’s unfounded accusations like these that cause the church to become stereotyped as witch hunters and why discernment bloggers accuse Christians of heresy from speculation and rumors. So next time you’re about to assume and maybe even accuse someone of sin, please make sure that you get all the facts straight before telling someone to repent without even knowing what they need to specifically repent for.
Posted by: Erik Koliser