As people who serve God and are supposed to hold to an absolute moral standard, do we support one another? I ask this question as we approach the Christmas holiday specifically, but would like to broach the topic on general terms as well.
How do we view those in our church and community? Do we view them with the thought that they are children of God, worthy of kindness and concern? Or do we view them with a judgmental eye, waiting to hear of their failure through gossip, never going to them directly to see if there is truth to this gossip? Do we hold an internal dialogue, or perhaps extend that dialogue to others (which can be slander or gossip), without ever going to the innocent brother or sister in Christ to see if they are all right or if the rumor is true?
I will supply an example. There was a young woman who had suffered through a terrible divorce. She had been abused, infidelity had ensued, and she lived in the crisis of being left by her husband.