If you haven't heard yet Tim Lambesis, lead singer of Christian metal band As I Lay Dying, was arrested in a murder for higher plot. Apparently, he tried to hire somebody to kill his soon to be ex wife. This is an awful, terrible thing. If it is found that this is true, then Tim sinned, and did something terrible. I'm very, very thankful that God was watching out for everybody involved and that nobody was killed.
Yes, put it all together: Christian artist tried to have his wife killed. That's hard to swallow. I hate to write it and I nearly cried when I read it. First off, I'm sad that somebody could lose sight so much that they felt like they had to kill some one else, and I'm equally as distraught at how I think the Christian community will handle it. As Christians we have a tendency to leave people like Tim out to dry. They sinned horribly and we don't want to look bad or be mocked so we speak out against them.
I for one, will not do it. I am committing to pray for Tim Lambesis and his family. Why? Because it's exactly what Jesus did. Look at John 8:1-11. Jesus didn't say that the woman's sin was okay, she didn't say it wasn't a big deal, but He didn't join the crowd and condemn her. He had the opportunity to impress some important people but instead He honored God and helped the hurting woman.
“But if we don't take a stand against him we will be mocked, and God will look bad!”Guess what folks. People are already mocking us and we already look bad. I for one would rather look bad for doing what Jesus would do then for acting like the World. This is the family of God. We support even when somebody makes a mistake.
Well, at least we should. If for a moment we think we deserve God's love and grace more just because we've never done this shame on us. Do we even Bible? I am just blessed that God has taken a sinner like me and forgiven me. He did the same for you and for Tim.
So as for me. I will commit to pray for Tim and his family. He needs to repent (if he hasn't yet), and I know that since he's still alive God isn't through with him yet. All I can pray is that Tim seeks God in this and follows Jesus.