For many people, correcting others can be uncomfortable and/or tedious. Sometimes it seems much easier to just let someone continue in their error instead of getting involved and trying to correct the problem.
Golf is a great example. Odds are you aren’t interested in breaking down your buddy’s swing and starting a 6-week training course as you walk up to the first tee box. So if you see a slight error in your buddy’s form, you’re probably just going to let it go and hope that he figures it out on his own. Wouldn’t it be easier if we just let everyone’s errors slide and hope that someone else corrects them later on?
The prophet Micah was given the uncomfortable task of calling out GOD’s chosen people for their corruption and sinful behavior. The supposed holy city of GOD was certainly not functioning as the holy city of GOD. Micah was not given the luxury of letting the spiritual errors of his peers slide by him and onto the next person. I struggle to imagine how difficult that must have been for Micah! Micah was living in the one city in the world that was meant to be a light to the nations, a city set upon a hill! Yet his city was just as full of corruption and sin as any other.
Imagine being Micah: being in the middle of GOD’s people and being called upon to point out the errors of the entire city! If Micah can accept his mission from GOD to address the sins of Jerusalem, surely we can find the strength to follow the words of Jesus in Matthew 18:15-20. Jesus does not teach us that we should simply blind ourselves to error – He tells us to teach the truth in love (Eph. 4:15) and to address the errors that we notice in a godly way for each other’s sake (Matt. 18:15-20). May we always have love and courage enough to be honest with one another and to help each other when errors are made.