Have you ever done something that was just plain dumb? Perhaps it wasn’t overtly sinful but just incredibly foolish. I remember the time I forgot to put the oil cap back on my van and drove it 600 miles. There was another time that I washed the laundry in powdered sugar thinking it was detergent. Do you dare admit to some similar dumb thing? Those who know Christ are guilty of doing dumb things as well. These things have a way of hindering the overall cause of Christ or making it difficult for others to see Him clearly.
One of the dumb things Christians do is shooting our own wounded. Sometimes we may not even intend it to happen but it does. An insensitive comment, a snide remark or an unkind gesture from another believer has been the arrow that stuck into the soul of a hurting child of God. I look at the church as a hospital for the hurting rather than a temple for the already perfect. We never know the baggage and hurts people carry with them when they come into our assembly. They may be grieving over an unfaithful spouse or a straying child. They may be struggling with a personal sin or an emotional battle. Some people carry with them doubts about their faith, fear for the future, worries about money, and a whole lot of emotional pain.
What should we do? I think first of all we need to give people hope for healing and wholeness from the Word of God. Next we need to be patient with them and not expect them to be instantly sanctified and victorious. Another thing we need to do is to give people permission to be honest and admit their struggles. If everyone goes around with a religious mask on no one will be helped. God tells us in His Word in Col. 4:6: “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one”.
We need to stop shooting our own wounded. We never know when we will be one of them.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation