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Mar 3

The Price of Fear is Too High

Posted on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 in Uncategorized

Last night as I sat in a TreeHouse support group I was awed with the humility and accountability of the teens present. They listened patiently and compassionately.

Directly and indirectly each teen reminded the other that “this is a safe place.”

Each teen who wanted caring support received it. And, remembering previous concerns, teens asked one another about issues and concerns that were mentioned in previous groups.

Without breaking confidentiality, similar questions include “How’s it going with…?”, “You said that…?”, “Wait, did you…or didn’t you?”

Accountability, safe accountability,  is a precious gift.
– Accountability reminds us who we are when we forget.
– Accountability grounds us when we’re unsteady or tempted.
– Accountability holds us close when we start to wander away.
– Accountability teaches us truths when we’re learning and believing lies.

Accountability is a part of a fearing God lifestyle — a lifestyle which includes humble interdependence.

Fearing God places out lives in a context of humility and accountability.

We are not just our own. We are not just a mirror or echo of our parents. Nor are we pawns sacrificed in a divine chess game.

We are precious sons and daughters, friends, inheritors of the wealth of our Creator. We’re people blessed with a terabyte of potential. Blessed with compassion. Blessed with leadership. Blessed with creative gifts.

Sadly, without accountability we can crumble and throw our lives away.

Today I read about a news report entitled: “Online ‘Pastor’ Arrested in Child Porn Bust.”

I do not know whether the person is guilty or innocent, nor do I know if the “facts” of the case were reported accurately. I do know that incidents like this would be few and far between if we truly lived a God-fearing lifestyle.
– Judgmental people would remember their own sins and feel humbled.
– Humble people — remembering their own weaknesses — would be approachable.
– Approachable people would be perceived to be trustworthy.
– Tempted people would ask for help from people they trust.
– Trustworthy people would hold the tempted accountable.
– Accountability would help guard the tempted from the lies they believe and the sins that lure them in.

Change is possible.

“Dear brothers and sisters, if [someone] is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.”

We need one another.

No one is totally safe.

No one is beyond sin.

No one is beyond saving.

We need one another.

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