Within the last few weeks, a high profile denominational leader resigned his position and went into early retirement due to what he referred to as a personal indiscretion. Other leaders within his denomination are calling for him to go into greater detail and are criticizing him for referring to it as an indiscretion rather than using a Bible word such as sin, iniquity, abomination, or furthermore defining such a thing as adultery, bestiality, or whatever he may have done. The question of the day is, “Why do they want so much detail to become public knowledge?”
Here are some questions I have:
- Have they considered this man may genuinely be broken over his sin and repentant?
- Is it really necessary to put him and his family through more humiliation than they are already experiencing?
- Do they really have his restoration at heart, or do they just want some really juicy gossip they can sling around in the pulpit and other denominational meetings?
- What, if any, sins need to be made public knowledge? Especially so public as to be all over social media, the news, and any other public material?
- If sin should be public knowledge, should this not apply to everyone instead of public religious figures, politicians, etc.?
Let’s see what Scripture says:
“Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret.” Ephesians 5:10-12 NLT
Now let us take this apart.
This passage tells us to first carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Then it says for us to not take part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness but rather expose them. Expose what? The people or the deeds? The Scripture says to expose the deeds. Then it says, “It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret.” So we should boast in the wrongdoings of others? WRONG! It is shameful for us to talk about what they do.
So we go back to the title of this post. Should we put the sins of someone else on parade? Absolutely not! Should we put our own sin on parade? Once again, NO! We should pray, and we should seek to restore. If someone is broken over sin, please have enough respect for that person and the family to keep the subject out of the gossip circle. They are hurting enough without anyone else adding unnecessary pain to it.