Do any of you think that your photo could be on this poster? Exclaiming that you don’t hate sin but too ashamed to show all of your face because you call yourself a man or woman of God? I think many of us have a sin that we know we should be addressing aggressively but instead we find ourselves kind of shrugging it off because ….we can be around sin and not partake in it right?
2 Corinthians 2:14-16 (NIV): ” 14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task?”
I want to take time to examine how God views sin and how we as His servants should also view sin.
John 3:36 (KJV): “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
Apparently God doesn’t take sin lightly if He warns us of His wrath because of it. A stench coming from sin consumes the aroma of the world because many of us have forgotten who God is and have ineffectively shared His Gospel. There is a clear distinction between the consequences the righteous and unrighteous will experience. We all often focus on Heaven but try to overlook Hell. We often give praise for “good” deeds but try to water down wicked ones. The picture below is an accurate description of how the world looks at sin. The picture is actually associated with homosexuality and the world’s attempt to make the wicked become acceptable. I think homosexuality is a great example for this article because it is a hot topic right now. Are you comfortable with homosexuality? Leviticus 18:22(NIV): “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.” When seeing or spending time with homosexuals are you praying and interceding on their behalf so that they may be set free or are you encouraging them and pumping them up to think that they are the most fashionable?
As Christians we need to be uncomfortable with sin. Regardless of the sin, we need to feel some sense of discomfort. Why? Because this is stated in Psalm 11:5-7(KJV): ” 5The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.6Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and a horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.7For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.” As God’s people, how can we mingle with sinners without concern for their souls? Not some phony concern but a concern that encourages us to cry out on their behalf.
Quick story. One day I was with a group of people who I was once really close with. One of the individuals began to curse and I cringed. I was so surprised because I had never been offended by cursing before. For most of my life I had a potty mouth; cursing like a sailor not because I wanted to be a rebel but because it felt so natural and normal to me. So here I was, after salvation feeling uncomfortable by the very words I once coined to be my own personal favorite. Who shall I give thanks to? God of course. It was then that I noticed that I was gaining the same perspective that God had concerning sin. I would sometimes have the, “Well it is sin but I am not the one committing it” perspective. But guess what? God never committed a sin and He is still angered by sin. See the comparison? As His children, as His servants, as His light of the world are we seriously and aggressively addressing sin? We cannot hate sin and watch reality shows that openly encourages homosexuality, fornication, blasphemy etc. That is hypocritical as we are intentionally taking part in wickedness and indirectly conditioning ourselves to be okay with sin.
I am not suggesting that we should go around acting holier than thou and making rude remarks to sinners. However, we certainly should be clearly set apart from the sins they commit. Even the sins that we still commit and are honestly asking to be delivered from, we should distinctively be identified as wanting to be free. A sinner and a Christian’s struggle with sin should be different. While a sinner indulges in sin, a Christian should be fasting,praying, and begging the Lord to set us free. A sinner cannot take us seriously if we sit in bars with them knocking back beers, getting as much contact as possible from the marijuana in the air, and finding enjoyment in viewing soft porn.
As with all of my articles, I write this message first to myself. Individuals, especially sinners, are always looking at Christians to see what exactly makes followers of Christ different. If Christians partake in the same things as sinners, “What really makes Christianity special,” is what someone may ask. We need to gain the same disgust and hatred for sin. This doesn’t mean we should go around trying to kill sinners but with Christ as our example, we need to always act in love. Don’t become confused with the world’s definition of love because the love of Christ chastises so that sinners may come to repent. Hebrews 12:6 (KJV): “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” Not wanting to step on the toes of sinners is not loving, it is transgressing against God. Galatians 6:1(NIV): “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.” How can we uplift the weak if we are in the strip club hitting the same blunt as they are?
Luke 23:34(NIV): “Jesus said,” Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.” We need to have the heart and mind of Jesus. Jesus is gentle, Jesus is kind, and Jesus is compassionate but He never overlooked sin. Actually, it was His ability to be loving while still addressing transgression that makes Him so unique. While the Bible encourages us to care about the soul of the sinner but to hate the sin, the world tells us to accept and love all aspects, sin included. I cannot speak for anyone else but after reading the Bible I have a clear understanding that Jesus set the desperate free and casted out demons along the way. When we recognize sin we ought to run away from it, pleading with Jesus to set us free and others. We need to love the things that God loves and hate the things that He hates. Forget what we have been so comfortable with, if God hates it, it needs to then become our enemy. Don’t be comfortable with sin! Find sin as repulsive and offensive as God does!