Hold Them Accountable!
Theme of the Week: Accountability: Freedom from Secrets
Sunday, November 3, 2013
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Who Said It … Craig Gross
Craig Gross is a pastor and founder of xxxchurch.com—an online ministry offering addiction recovery resources. He is the author or coauthor of several books including Pure Eyes: A Man's Guide to Sexual Integrity and Open: What Happens When You Get Real, Get Honest, and Get Accountable. He and his wife, Jeanette, live in Los Angeles and have two children.
What he Said … Hold Them Accountable!
With alarming frequency, we get news story after news story where someone in a position of power—say, some despotic dictator, toothy politician, or cynically underachieving CEO—abuses that power for his or her own good. And inevitably, as was the case with the Occupy Wall Street movement, the response is a clarion call from the media or from random people on the street that such a person be "held accountable" for the wrongdoing.
They oppressed or massacred thousands of people? They should be held accountable. They bilked taxpayers out of millions of dollars? They should be held accountable. They knowingly sold faulty mortgages destined for collapse in order to line their own pockets? They should be held accountable.
Obviously, such examples are legion, and in each case, I couldn't agree more—people who willfully hurt others for their own personal gain should be held accountable. But I suggest we take it further: we should all be held accountable. Because accountability is a good thing.
Key Study Passage: Proverbs 12:15; 19:20, 27; 27:5-6, 9, 17
Adapted from Open by Craig Gross (Thomas Nelson, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, forgive me for any secret sins that are currently weighing me down; show me the freedom and personal growth that can come through being real and honest with a few grace-filled Christian friends.
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