It takes wisdom to know how best to help others, for pastors, for parents, for teachers, even as Christian friends. We are not trying to be the boss. We know that our brothers have a Judge, and we’re not Him (see Romans 14:4). So depending on the situation we often give space, we pray, we try to show a better example. These strategies are right, and they are not the only rights.
In Genesis 19 Lot was in a bad situation. Lot was a righteous man said Peter (2 Peter 2:7), but it takes some special glasses to see that. On the day fire and brimstone rained, Moses described that the angels urged Lot to get up and get out, but “he lingered.” He showed no zeal for saving himself or his family.
“So the men (who were the angels in the form of men) seized him and his and wife and his two daughters by the hand, the LORD being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city.” (Genesis 19:16)
Jude exhorts the beloved to rescue those in trouble.
“Have mercy on those who doubt, save others by snatching them out of the fire, to others show mercy with fear, hating the garment stained by the flesh” (Jude 22-23)
It’s mercy to get in there and to get your kids out of Harm’s Way, to get them out of the consuming fires of anger or temptation or lust.
“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.” (Galatians 6:1)
You don’t have to be obnoxious, but do have to do more than let your people drown. For mercy’s sake go get them.