“The church is in the forgiveness business.” – Roger Fry
The church I serve as being asked to enter in a process of restoration with a brother in Christ who had left his, left his church, and in some sense had even distanced himself from God. As the question was raised, Roger, one of our elders, had expressed his affirmation of entering the process. Some in our church had been so deeply offended, we knew that they would oppose any such action. But our elders, remembering the model of Jesus and the woman caught in adultery (John 8), knew that we were called to be agents of grace. Not discounting the sin, not ignoring the victims – but understanding that we are called to reconcile people to God. “Go and leave your life of sin,” practicing mercy in order to bring about life transformation.
photo courtesy of BURN, the youth ministry of the Church of God of Landisville.
Every sin that man commits has a personal dimension. It impacts others with its fallout–and sometimes that impact is great. It brings consequences that hopefully will teach us that we should resist sin. But sin continues to possess power to separate people from God unless grace intervenes.