Impeaching Someone

by admin ~ February 7th, 2020. Filed under: Brandenburg.

“Impeach” means “to cast doubt on” as one of its meanings. If someone is truly impeached, he has lost some integrity or validity. It’s not a good thing to do to someone, that is, impeach him, if you don’t have to do it. Scripture tells what could be done otherwise. Two things could be done. You could just cover it. Don’t tell anyone else about it. Protect the person’s reputation. That is love. This is the idea behind ‘covering the multitude of sins’ in 1 Peter 4:8. It’s also “bearing all things” in 1 Corinthians 13. The other is to forgive, when someone is repentant. In a sense, this is the first step of church discipline. Someone has repented, and because you love that person, and you are forbearing, you love that person. You forgive and you tell no one else – not another soul. This is what characterizes God. He does that. Or you could do something different that isn’t love for whatever reason. What would that reason be? If it isn’t love, what is it? Scripture assigns words to describe the activities that are not love, and they aren’t neutral. In the impeachment of a United States President, according to the Constitution, it is only for treason, bribery, and other high crimes or misdemeanors. This verbiage was intended to differentiate those activities from other ones that are bad, but do not rise to the level of an impeachable offense. Scriptural behavior says, don’t impeach. Try to settle it in private if no one else knows. That protects the integrity of someone, and he can be of greater use in the future.

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