By Ord Benson Amanya
Did you know the Christian walk is a walk in the battle field where a local Church is expected to be like a battalion fighting together?
At such battle fronts, injuries are expected, but how we handle the injured soldiers matters a lot.
To declare that you have decided to follow Jesus is to declare war upon yourself. Is that not scary?
That said, however, “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against authorities, against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).
God’s flock (Christians) get wounded in many ways. Some by sinful addictions, others by circumstances such as sorrow, grief, loss, pain, disease, malice, slander, gossips, devouring one another and false witness surrounding them.
Such souls have bleeding hearts. They are injured and torn apart, but who is there for them?
The sad reality is that we do not only face war from without, but also from within our own believers’ camps.
It is to the enemy’s advantage when believers fight one another.
It is also unfortunate when injured believers are isolated, discriminated and dismissed hence weakening the Church fold.
Occasionally, a believer may wander away from the fellowship of believers and find themselves ensnared by sin either willfully or through ignorance.
Friends, sin stings! Many Christians bear unwarranted scars, some of which are “Wounds sustained at the house of their friends” (Zechariah 13:6).
Given the unending sinfulness around us, we regrettably get hurt and also hurt others, especially those that look up to us. But all is not lost. We can still overcome those forces.
Chastise with love
“Dear Brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are Godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path” (Galatians 6:1).
It is therefore necessary for the Church, championed by the shepherds and elders, to actively seek the lost and usher them through forgiveness, repentance and restoration.
The shepherd and elders in a given fellowship are accountable to God for the sheep entrusted in their care, including the wandering sheep.
We cannot afford to ignore them for the wolves to snatch and devour them! They are wounded, but still remain our comrades-in-arms.
To isolate, discriminate and dismiss “a sinning brother or sister” from the household of faith is total misrepresentation of the heart of Christ.
The world out there desires to see the Church deal with sin inside its fold differently. Hating sin as much as God hates sin minus hating the sinner is God’s indication.
That is evidence of God alive in the assembly of His people. Wounded soldiers, if unnoticed and unattended to, could infect others and stunt growth in Christianity.
After healing, scars ought not to define us, but serve as points of reference for our growth.
The writer is a Chaplain at Rukungiri Technical Institute in North Kigezi Diocese.
Subscribe to our website and be the first to receive great Christian news, health information, pastoral guidance, environment, farming and many others. Also, Like and follow us on Facebook at Good News UG.