The Strong Can Not Exist Without the Weak
Some people work hard to “purge” the Christian community of any and all who are erring, weak, and stumbling. Flickering wicks, they would snuff out and they would go ahead and break off the bent reeds (Mt 12:20). The focus of some seems to be mainly on pulling weeds from the field that is the Church (Mt 13:24-30) rather than nurturing, encouraging and feeding the healthy plants. On the one hand, we can go to0 far and simply excuse sin, seek to justify it, or even say it is no longer sin; but, on the other hand, I think Dietrich Bonhoeffer has a point here well worth considering. Do you?
Every Christian community must know that not only do the weak need the strong, but also the strong cannot exist without the weak. The elimination of the weak is the death of the community.The Christian community should not be governed by self-justification, which violates others, but by justification by grace, which serves others. Once individuals have experienced the mercy of God in their lives, from then on they desire only to serve. The proud throne of the judge no longer lures them; instead they want to be down among the wretched and lowly, because God found them down there themselves. “Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly” (Romans 12:16).
Bonhoeffer, Life Together (Fortress) p. 96