Fallen Away And Forsaken

A lot of time and effort is put in by the Church to tell people about Jesus. We’ll go to the four corners of the earth to preach the gospel, but what happens when someone wanders and falls away?

Many times it’s as if the person never existed! Nobody asks questions, nobody talks about it. It’s really a very strange thing when that happens, and very unlike anything we see in Jesus.

Jesus went out to “seek and save that which was lost”.

Jesus told a parable about “lost sheep”. He doesn’t forget about the person who strays away, or say, “Oh, well, I guess that one wasn’t fit for the Kingdom!” Jesus notices, and Jesus cares when one of His goes wandering.

Read Luke 15:1-7 for the parable. In the parable Jesus states the obvious…

“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?”

Of course that’s what you would do. Unless you’re in one of the many churches that essentially vanishes people. Are we too embarrassed that people sometimes fall away, backslide and turn their backs on God to care enough to help them? Are we so concerned with our sparkling Christian image that we don’t want to be associated with “those people”?

I know a Church who had the same soundman for 15 years. I sang at that Church many times. I started to notice he wasn’t around anymore so I asked about Him. Nobody knew! Or least they wouldn’t talk about it. He was just gone- disappeared- and the Church moved on without him. I wish I could say that it was the only Church I’ve seen that in, but it isn’t by a long shot.

We’ll do anything to win people to Christ, but God help the person who falls away! They’re soiled goods, we want nothing to do with them. We’ll tell the world, “Come to Jesus JUST AS YOU ARE, but the poor Christian who goes wayward is not worth loving?

I’ll tell you, I know a lot of people who have fallen away from God- some of them are people who I thought would never turn away. They were lovers of Jesus, giants in faith, and to my limited knowledge, had a foundation that was practically unshakeable- but they fell.

Temptation is an insidious thing. We all have our weak points where the Devil shoots his arrows. He has a good aim too.

We ought to remember the parable of the prodigal son. We need to have the Father’s heart. It could be us someday wandering around aimlessly in our sin. We might be the tempted and the fallen one.

Thank God for the person who prays! Who cares. Who seeks.

“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.” Galatians 6:1