Blow Your Trumpet

Who is the greatest trumpet player ever? The names of Clifford Brown, Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis, and Dizzy Gillespie might come to mind. Louis Armstrong, however, tops most lists. He is arguably the best trumpet player in modern times. He left a lasting impact on music. God is calling us all to play the trumpet too. Now it is our turn to leave a lasting impact. Find out how. Please read more.

Yes indeed, God wants us to be trumpet players, and to do so we must be willing to put the trumpet to our lips. Becoming a good trumpet player takes hard work.

In Ezekiel 33:1-9, the word of the Lord came to Ezekiel and told him that as a watchman he was to blow the trumpet and warn the people of their wicked ways. Ezekiel 33:8 states, If “you do not speak up to warn the wicked about their ways, they shall die in their sins, but I will hold you responsible for their blood.” And Ezekiel 33:9 states “If, however, you warn the wicked to turn from their ways, but they do not, then they shall die in their sins, but you shall save your life.”

Galatians 6:1 tells us essentially the same thing with these words, “Brothers, even if a person is caught in some transgression, you who are spiritual should correct that one in a gentle spirit, looking to yourself, so that you also may not be tempted.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says it this way, “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” And, finally, James 5:19-20 gives us these words, “My brothers, if anyone among you should stray from the truth and someone bring him back, he should know that whoever brings back a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.”

It is an indisputable truth, that God calls each of us as Christians, to rebuke and reprove our brothers and sister who are living in ways contrary to His teaching. Said differently, playing the trumpet is not an option for those who are followers of Jesus Christ. So why don’t we?

The first, and most obvious reason, is that most of us prefer to avoid conflict. We also know that we have our own faults and sins, therefore we are reluctant to point out the sins of others. Maybe we have set down our trumpet because of what is written in Mathew 7:1-5. It tells us, “Stop judging, that you may not be judged,” and “remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.”

To truly understand what we as Christians are supposed to do, we need to better understand the difference between reproving someone and judging someone. We are called to do the former not the later. It is possible to reprove without judging. We should reprove or admonish someone living in sin, because we care enough to guide them back towards the path to salvation. Judging as referred to in Mathew 7:1, is reserved for God alone.

So how do we reprove without coming across as judgmental? We begin with the realization we are not the band leader, God is! We are called to play His tunes with His melodies. What do I mean by this? We must always remember to talk to God about man before talking to man about God. We must pray before we speak, and when we speak, we must do so with love.

It is wrong to judge, but it is equally wrong not to call people away from their sinful practices. Love is willing the good of another. We must pray for God’s guidance, and we must approach everyone in the spirit of love.

There is an old phrase, “Make a friend, be a friend and bring that friend to Christ.”  One approach to reproving someone starts by telling the other person about our own struggles to follow God’s teaching. In doing this, our words won’t seem filled with condemnation. Matthew 18:15 tells us, “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.” Reproving is not easy, but it must be done. Our modern culture tells us to let others do their own thing. God, however, relentlessly calls people out of their sin, and He wants us to care enough to do the same.

The country music group Alabama sang a song called, If You’re Gonna Play in Texas. The song contained these lyrics, “If you’re gonna play in Texas, You gotta have a fiddle in the band.”  I will conclude today with my modified version of that line. “If you’re gonna to be a Christian, you gotta play the trumpet in God’s band.”

Heavenly Father, it is never easy to confront someone with their sins, when I have so many of my own. Give me courage to share your Gospel with humility and truth. Give me words that bring peace and not division. Guide me with compassion, not confrontation. Help me to love like you do. Amen!

AMDG

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8 Comments

  1. Avatar Lucy on August 24, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    Brian,
    Once again, it feels as though you hit the nail on the head. It reallys our duty to lovingly correct or reprove our brother of his wrongdoing, but I know I have a tough time doing so because it feels like I would come across as being judgmental. Love is the answer. If I really love my brother, I must care enough about his soul and eternal well-being to lovingly show him the way.
    And also, you are so right about opening up about our own struggles to be good Christians as a way of showing a non-judgmental attitude. That helps him/her realize that it is a universal difficulty.
    Perhaps, the truest thing you said, though, is about talking to God about man before talking to man about God. It is always good to ask for the Holy Spirit to speak through us. No one can talk about God better than God.
    I always look forward to your 4th Day letters. Thank you for your efforts and thank you, Holy Spirit, for guiding Brian’s words.

    • Brian Pusateri Brian Pusateri on August 24, 2021 at 8:06 pm

      Lucy

      Thank you for your wonderful post.

      Brian

  2. Avatar Ray St-Cartier on August 24, 2021 at 9:01 am

    Decolores. When you quote the Cursillo method it brings back so many wonderful memories for me.
    Make a friend , be a friend and bring a friend to Christ is wonderful. My good friend adds this and continue to be a friend.
    At times we forget our commitment to being a friend when the weekend is over.
    God bless you .

  3. Avatar Paul Cullen on August 24, 2021 at 2:22 am

    I remember one of the Knights of Columbus, wrote an email to all the knights about the sex scandal at the Vatican. He was calling for prison sentences for all involved and his language was judge-mental and vengeful, in my opinion anyway.
    I wrote him a private email, reminding him of the Gospels and the nature of the sacrament of reconciliation. I stated as a Christian he should instead of calling for harsh punishment of sinners, that maybe he should call fir a national day of prayer so the Lord could work on the hearts of the sinners and that all the harsh punishment in the world could never change the heart of a sinner only Christ our Lord has the power to change the hearts of man!
    Even though we had had our differences in the past ( he had accused me of price gouging once before this) he didn’t respond to me personally, but I know that Jesus worked on his heart, because his next email on the subject was much less political and considerably more Christian in nature.
    I have left the names out of this because, you are the first person I mentioned this to, besides him and me. Your email reminded me of this and how hard it is sometimes to not judge and what a fine line we must walk to reprove!
    With Jesus’ Love

    • Brian Pusateri Brian Pusateri on August 24, 2021 at 4:21 am

      Paul

      Great points. It is often hard to walk the fine line between reproving and judging. Love is the key. Thanks for your post.

      Brian

  4. Avatar Jack Fitzpatrick on August 24, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Very timely for me. I’m dealing with a forgiveness issue with a long time friend as well as someone who needs to or should come back to the church.

    Regards,

    Jack

    • Brian Pusateri Brian Pusateri on August 24, 2021 at 4:20 am

      Jack

      The Holy Spirit’s timing is always perfect. May God call your friend back to church and grant you the gift of a forgiving heart.

      Brian

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