When I read posts about current events in the Church, I see a recurring theme that doesn’t make sense to me. I’ve seen comments where the poster is asking why someone is ‘airing our dirty laundry’. I’ve seen complaints that the ‘fallen angels’ are just trying to bring shame to the Church. I’ve seen replies that these things just shouldn’t be shared for the world to see. On one hand I can understand this mentality, I wouldn’t want my embarrassing moments to be shared with the world, nor would I want everyone to know every trifling mistake my family may have committed. However I’m not perfect, and it’s expected I’ll mess up, either in what I say or what I do. Is that the case for the Church? Do we believe the Church is not perfect and will make mistakes as well?
I do not believe that is the case. If I am wrong, please advise me of the verses that support your belief that the body of Christ can be wrong. For we are taught that the Church is the body of Christ (Colossians 1:18) and that Christ was made perfect (Hebrews 2:10).And if the Church is perfect, and the teachings are true, then why should we be ashamed of anything that is done? If it is righteous, then how can it be shameful? If it is the will of God, then how can it be shameful? And finally, if it is shameful, is it possible those actions are not in accord with the teachings? Is it possible those actions are not righteous or the will of God if you think they bring shame?
Let’s discuss a very specific scenario where this has occurred. Not too long ago a sister in Elizabeth, New Jersey was expelled. From the video that she posted, it was pretty clear that she was expelled because things her parents had said or done, and it was also pretty clear that no part of the administration had talked to her first before expelling her. It was in the comments of this video (which unfortunately has been taken down), that someone had asked why she was embarrassing the Church. I don’t recall the exact wording, but that was the gist of the comment. But how is this embarrassing the Church? If her being expelled in this manner was righteous, how is it embarrassing? If you find shame in the way this sister was expelled this way, then why not ponder the reason you are embarrassed?
Are you embarrassed by the Church? Its teachings? Or do you find the shame is in the unrighteous actions of those who claim to represent the true Church? Did the Apostles try to cover up the misdeeds of each other? In Galatians 2:14 Paul publicly admonished Peter for his wrongdoings, he did not try to cover it up and not let anyone know what was going on, because he knew the danger of allowing it to continue (Galatians 2:13).
Let me end with this verse:
“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” – Ephesians 5:11