More and more, when someone is approached about something in their life that is either a wrong-headed decision or an obvious burden, we’re told something on the order of, “That’s really none of your business. ”
Unfortunately, that attitude has found its way into the body of Christ. Quite often, those of us who do not share it have become intimidated by it and fail to approach a brother or sister with an obvious burden.
Galatians 6:1-3 says this about that: “Brethren, if a man be overtaken by a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.”
However, there is a note of caution when entering into another’s problems. It is not at all unusual for a well-meaning care-giver to be pulled into the same sin or crisis as the person needing help.
There is an unwritten rule in Alcoholics Anonymous. When an ex-drunk goes to help a practicing drunk, they never go alone. That is especially true when helping someone of the opposite sex. Many a person who believes “that could never happen to me” has fallen hard.
James 5:15 says, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray for one another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
Apart from those precious and private things between each of us and God, which we know intuitively are to be kept secret, there is no “none of your business” clause in the body of Christ.
God does not intend for us to isolate ourselves when we are under stress or in a crisis of some sort. 1 Corinthians 12:26-27 makes that point clear: “And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
My life “none of your business?” Nothing could be farther from the truth.