A couple of weeks ago we asked the question, “am I my brother’s keeper?” Looking to the New Testament we saw that Christians are to look after their brethren. (1 Jn. 3:11-15) This means that we are to look after each other as brothers. However, this does not make us “scorekeepers.” This point is not original with me, but it is a point we need to understand. We are not to be Christians who keep tabs on our brethren.
The Bible is clear in that we are to help one another in our struggles. (Gal. 6:2) Some members of the Lord’s body have taken this though and have surmised that the best way to be “helpful” is to keep score, or keep track, of each other’s sins. Unfortunately, this has even led to Christians becoming gossips themselves in telling others what sins a brother has committed. Sometimes even after that brother has repented. Paul even addresses this as a negative quality in 1 Timothy 5:13. We should not be keeping score on each other in an effort to see who the better Christian is or to use against each other later on. Our mind should be on encouraging one another. (1 Thess. 5:11)
Christians should take care of each other and lift one another up, but we should not be keeping a record of each other’s sins. We are called to be brother keeper’s, but we are not called to be scorekeepers. It is important to remember that the only record that is kept, is kept by the Lord in the Book of Life. (Rev.21:27) No other record matters.