A few weeks ago, I was pulling out of the church parking lot after a Sunday evening. I happened to notice that the left tail light of the car in front of me was out.
So I thought to myself, I should probably let them know that it is out...but they pulled out before I could get their attention, and I didn’t want to chase them down 412.
So when I got home, I decided that I would text them to let them know. I waited a few minutes, because I wanted to be sure they had enough time to get home, then sent them a text message.
A few minutes later I received a reply, “This is funny---got pulled over on the way home. Just gave me a warning.”
Since then I have been thinking about the happenings of that Sunday evening. We are told in Galatians 6:1, “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.”
While this brother was not exactly “caught in a sin,” he still needed to be told about his tail light being out. I saw it, knew I should say something, then made an excuse as to why it could wait. Fortunately he just got a warning from the authority that pulled him over.
When we see someone who is “caught in a sin” we need to warn them...NOW! We don’t need to make excuses as to how warning them might make us appear judgmental towards them or figure it can wait until a later time. We are not guaranteed that there will be a later time.
I felt sort of bad that he was pulled over...not bad enough that if he’d gotten a ticket I would have helped pay it...but bad none-the-less. If I had warned him earlier, he could have stopped somewhere, bought a new bulb, installed it, and might not have been pulled over. But he was given a second chance, and that’s good.
But if he had been “caught in a sin” and I saw it and did not do everything I could possibly do to warn him of the danger...and he had been “pulled over” by “The Authority,” he would not have had an opportunity for a second chance.
So if you see someone who is “caught in a sin,” warn them...but do it with a gentle, humble spirit.