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Body of Christ, What Will We Do? June 12, 2009

Posted by Michelle Knoll in Devotionals.
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I sent a link of a video to a friend of mine this past Sunday morning.  I like the song, and I think the words are powerful.

THEN… after I had clicked “send”… I read a news post on the writer of the song.  And believe me, I’m eating a little bit of “humble pie” now.

Sigh… should have “checked my sources.”

YET…

The whole situation makes me wonder.  What will we, the body of Christ, do in this situation?

Okay, now that I’ve arroused your curiosity, let me share the name of the song, and the name of the writer, so you can see why this situation concerns me so.

The song is “Healer” and the writer of the song is Mike Guglielmucci.

The story goes that Mr. Guglielmucci faked having cancer for two years or so, even to the point of performing on stage while using supplemental oxygen.  When he finally admitted that he had faked his situation, he also admitted that the real problem he had been fighting with, was pornography.  The church he attended was in shock from his confession, as well as many other churches and Christians around the world.

It’s a story that is almost a year old, so I’m finding this out after the fact.  But when I first listened to the confession and the story of peoples’ reactions, it made me wonder:  Body of Christ, what will we do?

It has been said that the body of Christ is the only army that will shoot its wounded.  And not only that, but we shoot our wounded over and over again.  I have no doubt that most people’s thoughts about this man will be embodied in the question, “Can you believe what he did!?”  His sin will be remembered, rather than his confession.  And that angers me somewhat.

The Bible says that ALL have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.  God has an intended purpose for each and every person on this planet.  And we all miss that intended purpose, because we… ALL… sin.  And yet, we humans “rank” sin, and say that one sin is much worse than another.  Well, I say that in God’s eyes, all sin is the same, because God sees every sin as a step away from His intended plan and purpose of the life being affected.

Now, the human response is “well, if it doesn’t affect anyone else, then it’s not so bad.”  But it doesn’t matter if the sin affects anyone else, when you do it.  The point is, it affects YOU, and your relationship with God the Father.  And isn’t that bad enough?

But oh, we want SO badly to point the finger at someone else’s sin, and say, “Aha! Aha!” 

Jesus knew how to deal with that attitude.  He said to the people standing around the woman caught in adultery, who was brought to Him in the street, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”  (John 8:7)  The Greek gives the impression that what Jesus meant was, “He who is without THIS sin… (may) throw a stone at her.” And of course, no one threw any stones.

Ouch.

So I wonder, in this situation with Mr. Guglielmucci, will we point the finger?  Will we throw stones? Or will we say with humility and thankfulness, “God has restored one of our members to fellowship.”  How many of us Christians will look at this situation, and say with honesty, “there, but for the Grace of God, go I”?  Or will we react like the Pharisee did in the synagogue, when he said, “God, I thank you that I am not like other men–robbers, evildoers, adulterers–or even like this tax collector.”  (Luke 18:11)

I wonder.

I truly believe that, while Mr. Guglielmucci was singing this song, he knew what he was battling with, and he knew the secret sins in his heart, and he knew he was deceiving everyone around him.  He was indeed in a battle for his very life, although it wasn’t his physical “life” that he was fighting to keep together.

But now that you have heard the ending of the story, go back and read the lyrics:

You hold my every moment
You calm my raging seas
You walk with me through fire
And heal all my disease

I trust in You
I trust in You

I believe You’re my Healer
I believe You are all I need
I believe You’re my Portion
I believe You’re more than enough for me
Jesus You’re all I need

Nothing is impossible for You
Nothing is impossible for You
Nothing is impossible for You
You hold my world in Your hands

— lyrics of Healer by Hillsong, from the album “This is Our God.”

I truly believe that those words are the heart cry of a man who knew he needed deliverance from disease, and I truly believe that Mr. Guglielmucci sang those words knowing full well which disease he needed healing from.  So when he wrote that song, was he lying about his condition? 

I have written around 45-50 songs in my lifetime.  I can tell you that each one has had personal meaning to me, and that God has touched my heart with the words of every single one of those songs.  Therefore, I truly believe that in the room where Mike Guglielmucci wrote that song, with God as his only witness, he knew full well what he meant by the words, “You hold my every moment, You calm my raging seas, You walk with me through fire, and heal all my disease.”  He knew which disease he was referring to, whether or not that’s what he shared with others.

So, body of Christ, what will we do?

Will we shoot our wounded?  Or will we thank God for one who has been brought back to a position of humility and submission to the Lord of Lords?  Will we help rebuild this man through our prayers and support, or will we point the finger of judgment, and “throw stones”?  And will we turn up our nose at Hillsong now, and say that none of their songs are worth listening to or singing, simply because… one man… sinned?

Please understand: I do not condone sin, nor do I look upon its consequences lightly.  Sin is SIN, and has consequences.  This man is facing the consequences of his sin. And he will continue to face those consequences for a long time.  So do we merely excuse what he did? No.  On the other hand, do we continue to “shoot the wounded”?  No.  We forgive.  The Bible says that “love covers a multitude of sins.”  If Christ can forgive this man, how do we have the right to throw stones, sine we are to do as Jesus did? 

Let’s choose to do as Christ did: let’s forgive this man, and remain loving and kind.  So the world will know that we are Christians by our love.

And let’s repent of our sins, and walk in right relationship with God, and have clean hands and a pure heart.

And let’s love our neighbor, just as we love ourselves.

Listen to the song here:  http://www.rhapsody.com/hillsong

Look down the list for the title, “Healer.”  And listen to the message of the song.

 

Today’s Cookie Crumb: 

“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive yoru sins.”  Matthew 6:14-15

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1. syinly - June 12, 2009

Thanks, I read a post earlier this week about a situation where a christian lied about something and then her friends asked forgiveness for her. When I heard her friends asked forgiveness I thought about the man on the mat and his friends cut a hole in the roof to get him to Jesus. Both these issues make me think about Donnie Mclurkin song “We Fall Down” The lyrics go, “a Saint is just a sinner who fell down and got back up” I guess that’s something we all need to remember. Thanks again for sharing


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