4 Ways Confrontation Should Happen in Christian Community

For nearly 15 years, you’ve probably been exposed to “If you see something, say something” messages. An ad agency developed the message shortly after the horrific terrorism and tragedies of September 11, 2001. While some federal agencies rejected the campaign, the NYC Transportation Authority embraced it to encourage residents and tourists to confront suspicious behavior. As reports of suspicious behavior increased and others began to use the phrase, the message spread.

There “If you see something, say something“The message was clear, concise and catalytic in getting people to be more alert and report suspicious behavior. After all, the stakes were and are too high not for “say something if you see something”. The safety of people is far too important not to say something, to delay solving a problem. The same must be true in the community which is Christian.

We need confrontation

In the Christian community, we live and work alongside broken and struggling brothers and sisters. We ourselves, no matter how long we have been walking with the Lord, are broken and struggling with our own problems. We are all prone to wander and fall, so we need people around us who “see something, say something”, who care when something in our lives is left “unattended”. We need people around us who are loving enough to confront us when our hearts are unguarded by His truth, when our marriages are unguarded by our affections, when our relationships are unguarded by forgivenessand when our decisions are not taken into account by His agenda.

We have to face

If sin is not confronted, the community can self-destruct because the community loses commitment to the values ​​and beliefs that make it distinct. If you are in the Christian community and you see something in the life of a brother or a sister, if you see hearts unguarded by his grace and his truth, say something to the person. After all, what good is the community if it fails to confront? But as we confront each other, we must confront each other in the following four ways:

1. Restoratively (Proverbs 27:6)

Confrontation within the confines of a trusting relationship is much more likely to be received. When we know someone loves us and wants the best for us, we are much more likely to hear and respond to the confrontation. The goal of confrontation must be restoration, not simply the unleashing of frustration.

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