So, what do we do when a prominent member of our church or a Christian friend has fallen off Jesus’ path? First, let’s remember that every single person sitting in a church is actively sinning in one way or another. As Christians, we acknowledge that Jesus didn’t come to save us so we can keep on sinning. He came to create a new covenant – that by stating our faith in Him we are saved from eternal damnation from sin. And through that faith we are to work daily being the best example of His people as possible. (Eph. 4:22-24)
When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:16-17
If it’s ok to say to a Christian friend who confesses their issues they have with pride that we love them, then it’s also ok to say to a church leader who has an extramarital affair that we love him as well. And just like our prideful friend, we are challenged to help that church leader find his way back into the truth of God’s Word.
Notice that Jesus says He came to be a doctor of sorts. He didn’t say He was just going to ignore sin and allow it to grow like a cancer. We should be surrounded with loving people who remind us of our place in the covenant with Jesus. We are our brother’s keeper.