Thursday, February 23, 2012
Getting Close, Getting Dirty
We know that strangers may not be kind, that politicians and businessmen may not act honorably, and that employers may put their own interests before ours, but we surely expect spouses to love well, friends to be there when we need them, and church people to practice what they preach.
But they don't. And, unlike strangers, the ones we care about hurt us when they don't. Sometimes a lot. When they do, it's important to remember something.
We are all cut from the same cloth--dirty rags. There is no one on this earth for us to love but other sinners.
I do not like suffering for someone else's sin, but if my son is an addict, I will. If my best friend cheats on her husband, I feel the grime of it. If my pastor steals from the church treasury, I know the sting of his defamation. The more we invest in a relationship, the closer we get to someone, the more we rub up on their dirt, and they on ours.
There is an upside to this, though. When we bear with each other's faults, we stay together to enjoy the triumphs.
After the suffering of His soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied.--Isaiah 53:11
God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.--2Corinthians 5:21
We, who are already dirty, further foul one another. It's a dirty world. But Christ, who knew no corruption, assumed all of ours and in doing so, He makes us all clean.
Sin hurts those closest to the sinner. The closer we get to one another, the more we risk. A hug transfers more mud than a handshake. But that's OK. We'll all get clean clothes later.