When you think of the "Mafia" what do you think of? Guns? "The Godfather"? Criminals living above the law?
When I think of the mafia, I think of blackmail, extortion, killing anyone who calls you out or threatens your way of life, retaliation, and protecting "the family" at all costs.
I think as believers we can sometimes live with a "Christian Mafia" mentality. I know that sounds really strange but let me explain.
In the mafia, everyone has a secret crime that can be exposed if the need arises. The threat of that will convince people to keep quiet about the crimes of others. As Christians, we're all sinners and we have our pet sin that we don't want to let go of or maybe a secret sin that we don't want exposed.
So if a brother or sister brings attention to that sin, how do we respond? Do we acknowledge that struggle in our lives and ask for God's help? No, many times we immediately look for a weakness in the other person so we can exploit it. Because if we exploit their weakness then maybe they will leave us alone about our own. And we can continue to go on living life the way we see fit.
We let pride take over and disillusion ourselves into thinking that we're not the one with the problem. The other person has the problem!! And when it's someone else's problem then we have no ownership of it. No ownership means no responsibility.
We're not willing to look deep within and ask God to reveal those areas in our lives that are robbing us of a closer relationship with Christ. Our freedom to do what we want becomes more important than surrendering it all to Christ. We choose to ignore godly confrontation because we don't like what God's Word really says. We're comfortable just snacking on the parts of the Bible that talk about freedom and grace while ignoring the parts about obedience and holiness.
It can also work the other way as well. We can see a brother or sister walking in sin, but feel unworthy to address it because of our own sin. We're too afraid to offend or cause conflict that might lead to hurt feelings or maybe even the death of a relationship. So we pretend that it doesn't really matter. We may even ignore the Spirit prompting us to discuss it with our brother or sister.
I challenge you to think about your mentality the next time a brother or sister brings attention to sin in your life. Before you plan a "hit" on their life, honestly ask yourself if there is truth to their message based on God's Word. They could be wrong but just maybe they're right and you have a Christian Mafia mentality.
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