Sin is an offence to God.
Think about that. Our sin OFFENDS God.
Sin separates us from God, as the Original Sin of Adam and Eve separated themselves from the Almighty.
Mortal sin is even worse because it kills the spiritual life of the soul.
Sin is so bad that unrepentent sin leads to an eternity outside of the presence of God, in Hell.
If sin is so important, what are we doing about it?
Well, the one thing we’re NOT doing about it is talking about it. Have you noticed how sin is no longer discussed in the public arena? Why is that?
Because the acceptance of the concept of sin = acceptance of a moral truth.
And if we have a moral truth, then we cannot have moral relativism. And if we can’t have moral relativism, then we cannot behave anyway we desire.
Acknowledgement of sin requires us to have control, to sacrifice. We would never do those things for ourselves… we’re too self indulgent.
We would only change for God, because such acts offend Him.
God doesn’t care whether we believe we’re justified in our acts, whether we decided what is sinful or not. He’s already TOLD us what is sinful (Ten Commandments, Bible). He expects us to live up to His teachings.
In today’s world of the hypocritical “political correctness” the word “tolerance” is bandied about quite a bit. When confronted with a statement about a perceived lack of “tolerance” we should remember two things:
- Tolerance does not = acceptance.
- We should never tolerate sinful behavior, because it offends our Creator.
Lastly, we should always remember to act as Christ, to LOVE the sinner, but hate the sin. He loved sinners so much, He died for them, rebuilding the bridge destroyed by Adam and Eve and reconstructing a path to salvation for all of us.
We should welcome all sinners to our church because our church welcomes us, also sinners. We should not judge people for their sinfulness, but admonish them to, instead, focus on holiness, because Jesus expects us to be holy as well.
We should lead by example. And we should reject sin at all costs, because to tolerate sin or accept sin means our own condemnation to an eternity without God.
Sin is a serious thing. We need to start talking about it again with humility, with charity and by admitting our own sinfulness.
Let’s start the conversation. After all, if we don’t, who will?