Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Galatians 6:1
The Principle of Accountability: I have responsibility for my brother’s relationship with God, and he has responsibility for mine.
Imagine a high school football player playing on a Friday night under the lights with all his friends and loved ones sitting in the stands watching. He’s having the time of his life until BAM…he takes a vicious hit and has some trouble getting up. The coach and trainer come out to help him and they get him over to the sidelines, where they sit him on the bench and begin to assess the damage. Ol’ Doc Sullivan, his family doctor, is sitting in the stands and comes down to the sidelines to help. The boys’ parents come down as well. This small group of people who love him and take care of him most are all standing in a circle around him and all wince together as they cut off his shoulder pads, revealing a horribly separated shoulder.
This is where the weird part begins. Everyone of them, parents, coaches, doctor and trainers, all know what needs to happen next. This shoulder is going to have to be set, and it going to be excruciatingly painful. Everyone looks at the parents. “Don’t look at us…we’re just parents. We have no idea how to do this. Besides we can’t bear to see him in that much pain.” The coaches say, “Well it’s certainly not our job. We make him a football player, somebody else is responsible for this part.” The trainer says, “I’m just a trainer, not a doctor. I think the doctor should do it.” The doctor says, “I don’t really have the …