“And now I have become their song; I am a byword to them. They abhor me; they keep aloof from me; they do not hesitate to spit at the sight of me. Because God has loosed my cord and humbled me, they have cast off restraint in my presence." ~ Job 30:9-11
From our earliest days we find a certain pleasure in reporting the poor behavior of others. As we grow older we move on to gossiping about those who have failed. Even after we embrace a Biblical faith and know better, we find ways to pass on stories of downfalls, under the guise of "praying about it". What is the reason for our interest in reveling over other people's stumbling? The common belief is, that by calling attention to the faults of others, we look better. But, do we?
Job is about to finish his grievances toward the Lord and his friends. At this point he points to the fact that his friends have found pleasure in his troubles... As he says, "I have become their song". If we read closely, these men served up a "holier than thou" counsel over and over again. They painted him as the worst of worst, and themselves as those who had all the answers. One may wonder how often they talked about Job behind his back. After all, he had become a byword to many, and he was abhorred. They all thought that they were better than him, but were they?
It has been said that the Church is the only army that shoots it's own soldiers. Every year there is a list of fallen church leaders... well known and not so well known. I watch as these servants of God are picked apart in Christian periodicals and church discussion groups. I grieve over the quickness of condemnation without any thought or effort to restore the fallen soldier. After they have fallen, we seem to revel in putting another bullet in the body. The church needs healing like never before, and just calling attention to the sins of others will never make us look better.