By now most people have heard the news of Tullian Tchividjian and his sin which caused him to step down from the pulpit at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. My intent today is not to rehash the details of his sin. I feel that we already know all that we need to know, and if Tullian and his wife Kim want more details to be known it is up to them to release those details. All we need to know is that it appears that both have sinned against their marriage and against God, and that appropriate steps are being taken. I pray for reconciliation between them by the power of the one who has made reconciliation between God and his children.
RJ Grunewald wrote a very good post today about what our response what our response should be using the story of Noah and his drunken nakedness. If you recall, one son (Ham) saw his father’s shame and immediately went out to expose Noah’s shame to others; to his brothers. When his brothers heard of their father’s shame they did not rise up to expose his shame, but took steps to cover his shame and were blessed for it.
I’m not suggesting that we turn a blind eye to what has happened. It was sin. Neither am I suggesting that there be no consequences; scripture is not silent on what qualifies and disqualifies a man from church leadership. What I am suggesting is what Grunewald was pointing out in his post today. We have a sordid fascination with the sins of others- especially when someone falls from a powerful position. We must resist the temptation to feed that fascination with other peoples sins by exposing their shame to others. This is the power of self-righteousness at work within us. It clings so closely to us because we trust in ourselves too much. We have a disordered desire to point out the sins of others with glee as we tirelessly expend all the energy we have to hide our own sins. Tchividijian is in the public eye and like it or not this means that his sin is more visible and will be known to a lot of people. He is exposed right now, and we have a choice to run out from the tent and try to gather as many people as possible to gaze at his nakedness, or we can do the honorable thing and let those who are charged with the details work them out.
I am sure more details will emerge in coming days and if there is more to the story than we already know those details will inevitability arise. But at this point there is no reason to believe that there is more for us to know than what we already know. Pray for Tullian and Kim. Pray for repentance where it is needed and healing. Pray also for your own heart that you may not become overly fascinated with the sins of others but will see them as sinners like you and I in need of the profound grace of God.
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