You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. ~ Romans 2:1
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin…in the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. ~ Romans 6:1,2,11
My children’s personalities have been different from early on. They expressed their differences in the foods they ate, the toys they played with, and the TV programs they enjoyed. They also expressed their different personalities in the way they disobeyed me.
As Christians, we have identified different “levels” of sin and disobedience. We like to believe that one sin is more disobedient than another. However, God does not see it the same way. God lumps all sin into the same chasm, and that chasm separates us from Him.
I began to understand this God principle when my children were pre-schoolers. If I washed the kitchen floor, I would tell them we needed to stay off of the floor until it dried. Certainly we did not want little footprints and smudges across the freshly washed floor. Then, my children with their very different personalities, would consider whether they wanted to obey me.
One of my children was what I like to call the “sneaky disobedience”. This child would stand with their toes on the linoleum just enough so I would know they were there. The other one was what I call “embrace the disobedience”. This one would take a running head start and slide across the floor.
Often we see people who embrace sin in their lives much like the second child. They are going to enjoy every minute of sin even if it kills them (and unfortunately sometimes it does). And often there we are criticizing and complaining all the while our toes are hanging over the edge of the linoleum.
I think it is time for the Church to recognize that sin is sin. There are no categories; there are no degrees. Often times it feels like it. We don’t want to diminish rape by equating it with stealing. We don’t want to diminish stealing by equating it to jay-walking. Yet, in God’s economy it all keeps us separated from Him. It all needs to be confessed. It all needs to be forgiven.
Sunday, we will be taking a look at forgiveness. We have neglected this discipline greatly. We are in need of receiving and offering forgiveness repeatedly along this faith journey. Join us Sunday as we take a look at God’s Word and His desire for us to be forgiven.
Keep fighting the GOOD fight of faith!