Brothers and sisters, if a person is caught doing something wrong, you who are spiritual should restore someone like this with a spirit of gentleness. Watch out for yourselves so you won’t be tempted too. 2 Carry each other’s burdens and so you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks they are important when they aren’t, they’re fooling themselves. 4 Each person should test their own work and be happy with doing a good job and not compare themselves with others. 5 Each person will have to carry their own load. 6 Those who are taught the word should share all good things with their teacher. 7 Make no mistake, God is not mocked. A person will harvest what they plant. 8 Those who plant only for their own benefit will harvest devastation from their selfishness, but those who plant for the benefit of the Spirit will harvest eternal life from the Spirit. 9 Let’s not get tired of doing good, because in time we’ll have a harvest if we don’t give up. 10 So then, let’s work for the good of all whenever we have an opportunity, and especially for those in the household of faith. (Galatians 6:1-10, CEB)
This seems to be a change to me from what I know Christianity to be. The first verse is, “If someone is caught doing something wrong, they should be restored by the community.” I see the Christian community saying they are damned to hell and should repent and fix themselves before they come back. But No! It is the communities responsibility to lift up the broken and to help them be a full member of the community. It isn’t about having everything together before you join, it is about knowing what you can do and doing it, and not comparing yourself to others.
You are supposed to lift up the low. You are supposed to help your neighbors.
You are supposed to be a guide and a friend along the journey.
Do what you are gifted to do without seeing yourself as a lesser part of the community.
Share God’s love and be a beacon of hope for the world.
Love People. Love God.