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Christians and church leaders must listen, address real issues, take action, and bring judgment.

The most recent rash of moral failures, accusations, and heartbreak over sin and human frailty is upon us. Ed Stetzer shared some very helpful reflections on this topic recently. Every time this topic hits the church (and world), I find myself examining my heart, dissecting my life, and crying out to God for all of those impacted.

After 40 years following Jesus and leading in the local church, I have a growing number of insights I hope are helpful for you.

Let’s not look the other way and ignore the problem. Of all groups of people, the church must be open and ready to hear those who have been hurt or abused in any way. We can’t fool ourselves saying, “If we ignore this it will go away.” We must have open ears and hearts to the cry of those who are hurt.

Of course, we need to listen with discernment and wisdom. An accusation does not always mean an injustice has happened. But, it is essential that we create an environment where people know they can come, speak, and be heard.

Let’s not air our struggles and battles in the public or social media. We live in a highly connected world where news goes viral at the push of a button. As much as is possible, Christians need to do all we can to deal with grievances face to face and in a biblical manner (see Matt. 18:15-17).

Let’s not function as judge, jury, and executioner. There is a judge, and his name is the Lord Almighty. Christians and church leaders must listen, address real issues, take action, and bring judgment. But none of us is wise and holy enough to sit as the final judge.

Let’s not take delight in the fall of brothers and sisters. Far too many of us get secret or even public pleasure when someone in a prominent church or place of …

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