My heart has been a bit heavy lately. The world has been chaotic to say the least.
What saddens me more than anything lately is the response from Christians in the face of the SCOTUS ruling. People who claim to follow Jesus have called it sick, disgusting and filth. They have deleted gay friends and relatives from Facebook and their lives to take a stand. They have drawn a line in the sand. The thing is, they’re standing on the wrong side.
The thought that I’ve had spinning around in my head is this:
As a nation, how many sins do we as Christians commit on a daily basis that are legal to do so?
The following sins all fall into the “ALL sexual immorality” category. It’s not just homosexuality that is considered a sin or sexually immoral (fornication outside of marriage).
- Pornography – It’s also one of the leading causes of problems in marriage, and sin in singledom. It can lead to addiction, and has open doors that can lead to sexual deviancy. There is also “soft porn” that is accepted among the public…many Christians are huge fans of a certain movie and book series about Mr. Grey and the current hit Magic Mike XXL. But because it’s legal, that’s ok, right?
- Adultery – Affairs, flings, and one night stands are all legal. They also lead to divorce and broken families.
- Premarital sex – Some Christian parents hand out condoms and birth control to their children to protect them if they decide to go through with it.
- Cohabitation is legal…and recognized as Common Law marriage. This usually leads to premarital sex and children outside of wedlock.
“Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.” 1 Corinthians 6:18
“Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming.” Colossians 3:5
Let’s say that you don’t fall into that category. Here are some of the more common, day to day LEGAL sins.
- Idolatry – We can’t tear ourselves away from our cell phones. We are obsessed with social media. We obsessed with our selves (and selfies). We have made silver and gold idols out of every material possession imaginable. Social status supersedes spiritual status. Black Friday is evidence of where our priorities are when it comes to Christmas.
- Gluttony – We can’t seem to get enough food. Thanksgiving is not the only day we succumb to overeating. Obesity is more common than ever…in the United States.
- Gossip – I’m not just talking about celebrities (who are our brothers & sisters too). Sadly, some camouflage it in concern and take it to their girlfriends instead of the Holy Spirit. This is very common within the church itself.
- Complaining – We have one-upped the Isrealites when it comes to grumbling and murmuring. We take things for granted, and we always want more. Facebook is used more for ranting than social purposes. If God was to rain down manna from heaven for us, how do you think we would respond? Would we be grateful? Or would we demand something else and ask for a drink too?
- Worrying – Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Can we say that we fully trust Him as He wants us to? By worrying, we are basically saying that we don’t trust God to handle things as He promised.
Let us look to Proverbs 6:16 for some elaboration on some things God hates:
“These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.”
Most of all, our lack of prayer and love for the Lord are our greatest sin. He calls us to be zealous for Him, to love Him with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength. But do we? Is He our first love still? Or are we lukewarm? Revelation 3:16 warns against the danger of this.
Why aren’t we as enraged over other issues as we are this one? There are major issues in the world that can be changed by us being His hands and feet. Abortion, sex trafficking, racism, hunger, animal abuse…I could go on. I find it very strange to have seen more anger and discussion over this matter than anger over ISIS wreaking havoc and killing children and decapitating people.
There is a way to deal with sin. The Word tells us how to address it in and outside of the Church. There are different ways depending on if people are outsiders or believers. One thing is for sure…it must be led by the Holy Spirit and it must be in love. Not by a stranger, a generic meme, or a picket sign.
Have we forgotten how Jesus responded when the prostitute was being stoned by the Pharisees in John 8? He drew a line in the sand…and He stood on her side. He picked her up, dusted her off, and silenced her accusers. He loved her, and said go and sin no more.
Jesus didn’t come to get political. He came to seek and save the lost. The issue is not what sins are legal. The issue is:
Are we as concerned with people’s salvation as we are with their sexuality?
Why do we downplay our own sins and fixate on this one? I believe in the Holy Word & Scripture. I also believe that none of should pick & choose what we want to hear from it and use it to our convenience.
We ALL need to repent. We ALL need to turn from sin. We all need to LOVE.
The line in the sand has been drawn. Whose side are you on?
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
“At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”“No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” – John 8:2