The story of Ananias and Sapphira surprises me. I mean, these guys sold some property and gave half the proceeds to the brethren to help out with folks in need. Frankly, I don’t think I’ve ever known anyone to do quite so much for Christ’s church on a monetary level.
I mean, I know they lied and all. I know they were filled with pride. I know they were trying to boost their own reputation and not glorify God. But, can’t we just look the other way for those who are bankrolling the church?
Sadly, many churches and elderships today do look the other way when those who are bankrolling the church don’t live as Christians. They can lie, mistreat their wives, forsake the assemblies, use foul language, disrupt classes, cause dissension, but elders look away because they are afraid if they say anything to them the person will leave and take his checkbook with them.
Peter didn’t have this problem. He was more concerned about the spirituality of the brethren. He was more concerned that they learn to be honest, humble and to honor God. He refused to look the other way. More importantly, God refused to look the other way.
We need to recognize this, we can look the other way when brethren sin, but God won’t. He may not strike them dead immediately, but He will judge them when they die. If we have just looked the other way when they lived in sin instead of gently working to restore them (cf. Galatians 6:1), their blood will be on our hands.
Whatever it is that is causing us to look the other way, let’s put it behind us and help our brethren turn from their ungodly ways. Only then will we both be saved (cf. Ezekiel 3:16-27).