If I tell the wicked, “O wicked one, you shall surely die,” and you do not speak out to dissuade the wicked from his way, the wicked shall die for his guilt, but I will hold you responsible for his death. – Ezekiel 33:8
We are called by the Lord to take care of one another. This sometimes means correcting one another. The gospel today gives us practical guidelines for the ministry of correction:
“When someone commits some harm against you, go to that person privately and discuss the matter. If the person refuses to listen, then sit down with two or three friends that you both trust. If this doesn’t work take it to the community and let their decision be final.”
How healthy this approach is! How mutually respectful! And how un-dramatic! In our litigious society, how boring! Judge Judy would be out of a job is we followed Jesus’ instruction.
How many people enjoy nagging, gossiping, and taking sides in an argument thereby forcing people more deeply into their destructive behavior?