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March 27, 2022

Glass House Syndrome

By:
Cindy
Stackhouse

The most common yet undiagnosed "disease" in the Church today...

"People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" - people who have faults should not criticize other people for having the same faults.

Glass House Syndrome has been around since the bible days, yet its symptoms are so mild that few people know they are carriers until it has caused pain not only to their spirit man, but to our brothers and sisters in Christ as well.

3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye." Matthew 7:3-5

Do you have these symptoms?

-Telling others about someone else’s sin

-Holding someone else’s sin against them even if wasn’t against you

-Judging others for their sin, yet no sin is greater than another

-Gossip

Wait, what?!

Hold on-that’s not me…I would never…My role as a believer is to build up the body of my church not hinder. I choose to bless those around me. I love people every day all day long. Why is this even in a church blog. Well… I’m gonna tell you.

There are times when someone comes across my path where the enemy has shot a word or two, an action, or a facial expression that hurts a dear sister in Christ. Their facial expressions say it all. The enemy had his way - ohh let me tell you the Mama Bear in me had a righteous anger. I asked, “Please tell me who lives in a glass house? It would truly be a sight to see, I’d like to visit with them." Then the young lady answered, ”No…it’s OK.” I prayed with her, and as we parted it occurred to me that she chose to speak a blessing instead of a curse. She chose God to do the work on her behalf. She chose her Champion to do her battle.

But what of the glass house residents? Praying for them daily is a start actually that is the hardest. I didn’t know who they were. But here is the rub…She could have easily told me who they were. She could have easily told me what they said or did, but she chose to see them as they were in that moment - hurt people hurt people. She chose not to be a carrier of Glass House Syndrome.

We make choices every day - what to wear, where to go, what to eat, etc. We know the difference between right and wrong. By now you are probably asking yourself, "What a bummer blog, this isn’t uplifting?" You are right! It’s a challenge. Here are some scriptures to get you started:

"There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing." Proverbs 12:18
"Without wood, a fire will go out, and without gossip, quarreling will stop." Proverbs 26:20
"Do not repay evil with evil or insult without insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing." 1 Peter 3:9
Everyone wants blessing, but you need to learn to tame your tongue and control your actions.

Lord knows I want the blessings, but I have also lived in a glass house or two, three, four…..well you get the picture. I want to live in a house where my foundation is on solid rock so when the stones are in my midst, I do not want to pick one up OR get one hurled me, my family, and those that I love. My house will be built on a firm foundation. (Matthew 7:24-27)

Just as we go to the doctor for a wellness exam, we should do the same to check for Glass House Syndrome in our life. Before condemnation comes and sets in, let’s get a hold of our thoughts before someone gets hurt. If you live in a glass house, perhaps call your realtor. Jesus has paid the price on Calvary Hill so that we may live in a home with a strong foundation. He has left us with a Mighty Comforter so when you are exposed to Glass House Syndrome, your immune system (aka the Holy Spirit) will protect you and guard your heart. Whether you're the one who has been throwing stones or you've been the one who has had stones thrown at you, rest in this truth: Jesus loves you, and He forgives you. Come to Him, repent, and turn from sin. He wants you to live in freedom!

“Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” [...] “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” John 8:2-11
Instead of tearing each other down, let's build each other up. It's time to put the stones down and start using them to build a strong foundation that cannot be shaken.
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