Elephants, Stumbling Blocks & Mushrooms

This morning I read an excellent article by a fellow blogger; Chief of the Least (read it here).  In brief, he talks about the “vile invisible elephant” in the room—that there are many believers addicted to porn.

What intrigued me was not so much the blog article, succinct and well-written as it was, so much as the commentary that followed: many in support and a few that wondered what such a “trash magazine” topic would be doing in a so-called Christian inspirational blog.  And I had a thought on this . . .

My thought is that this is EXACTLY the type of topic that should be brought up in a Christian inspirational blog.  As Christ-followers, we desperately need to address these subjects, both within and outside our collective, comfortable bubble of faith.  The thought that, as writers hoping in some way to connect Christ to a fallen world, we CAN’T address some issues and our purpose is ONLY to glorify God is ludicrous . . . fruitless.  Yes, iron sharpens iron, but saying only to a fellow believer, “God is great!” and responding, “Yes, God is great indeed!” and thinking we’ve both been “sharpened” is pointless, meaningless (Ecclesiastes 8:14), a clanging cymbal (1 Corinthians 13:1).

How much more so to a non-believer?

I believe one of the most effective tools we have as Christians are our confessions to one another of our sins, addictions and struggles . . .

James 5:16

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

In other words, cal out the elephant in the room. Praises and affirmations of God’s Holiness are wonderful and also necessary, but certainly not the end-all-be-all of our work here on earth. We need to be the light in the darkest corners of life and what better person to illuminate those dark corners than one who’s been there, done that and lived to tell the tale.

Whatever causes mankind to stumble must be exposed to the light, for when we see the stumbling blocks in our paths, we can easily sidestep them.  But when they remain in darkness, we (all of us, believers and non-) stumble around blindly, never knowing where the path truly is and often, never comprehending what it is that causes us to stumble.

Those things called sin, or evil; those things that cause us to miss the mark, to stray, to lose focus, are like mushrooms—they grow only under the shroud of darkness and covered in crap!  Exposing them to the light causes them to wither and die.  They cannot live when brought out in the open.  Simply offering praises and reverence to a worthy God (noble endeavors though they are) does nothing to further the will of God and the purposes for which we (all of us) have been made.

Bringing these things to light, to admit to ourselves and to others (especially among believers, but just as validly among non-) evens the playing field.  It brings us all to a similar level, with similar stories and similar experiences.  Yes, it brings us (believers) into the world (non-believers) through shared experiences (sin).

Why would we want to do that?  Because it’s biblical . . .

1 Corinthians 9:22-23

22 When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. 23 I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.

And trust me; we are all weak in some area . . . probably more than one.  Yet, once our own stories are shared, the door is then opened with the next logical question;

“What did you do about it?”

Bravo to Chief of the Least, XXX Church and every other Christ follower for bringing to light those things that cause us to stumble, to miss the mark (the true definition of “sin”).  We are all fallen.  We all struggle.  We all sin.  The sooner we all recognize these simple truths, the sooner we can actually start doing some good for one another.

. . . And for the glory of God.

One thought on “Elephants, Stumbling Blocks & Mushrooms”

  1. Jesus came to heal the sinner (all of us). If we are too horrified or ashamed to bring it out into the light or to admit it even to ourselves, how can we ever be healed? I am grateful to know God does not turn his face away from us when we fall—He reaches out to lift us up. He also has called each of us to lift our brothers or sisters in a spirit of love, encouragement and hope. The great news is that God is more powerful than the darkest sin and he can strengthen and enable us to overcome and move forward.

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