On Sin

widows-and-orphansI don’t agree with my perspective on sin presented here. This is only here for archival purposes.

It’s sin to be homosexual. Any Christian who contradicts that should have a stern talking to. Paul points out that we aren’t supposed to judge people outside the church (1 Cor 5:12). Instead, we’re supposed to judge those in the church. Those who live immoral lives within the church are subjecting themselves to the scrutiny of the church. That’s what you sign up for when you say you’re a Christian.

So, if it’s a sin to be homosexual, is it also wrong? According the popular society, it isn’t. This raises the question. Is there an ultimate right and wrong? I would say yes and no. There is an ultimate sin/righteousness, but there is no right and wrong. Sin and righteousness, in the Christian context (not the Jewish context) is dependent on one singular thing: Jesus. Those who accept the gift of salvation are seen as righteous, those who don’t are sinners.

Christians even struggle to believe this. Christians, especially the more conservative of the faith, tend to believe that their works are something that determines their worthiness. The fact of the matter is, our righteousness is like filthy rags. At the most, earthly righteousness is pathetic. Christians constantly lament their sinfulness and beg for God’s forgiveness, but they fail to live out their grace-given righteousness through the joy that God gives.

I know so many Christians who can’t get past their sin nature.

What I mean is that Christians are so preoccupied with sin, and I can’t even begin to understand why. It’s Christmas Eve, so I’m going to relate this to Christmas. When Jesus was born, some 2,000 years ago, sin took a fatal blow. Sin buckled underneath relentless mercy, love, and joy. However, Satan has won a huge victory over the church by convincing them that sin has a huge hold over the Church.  Personal temptations, while they should be resisted to the best of one’s ability, do no harm when put against the love Christ has given. Sin can’t prevail over Christ, so why do we act like it can?

Here’s a scenario. You’re having a bad day, and someone you love, say, your mom, starts to nag you and you snap. You, in your mind, think how annoying your mom is, and how she doesn’t understand anything about anything. You sinned. There are so many Christians who would beat themselves up over something like that, thinking that they had failed God, and that they needed to do nothing more than repent.

The bible doesn’t advocate that sort of behavior whatsoever. What I read from the Bible is, it’s better to go and find forgiveness from the other person than to spend time in a two to three-hour prayer session telling God how much you screwed up. It’s better to see that you sinned than to pray about your sin. The work that Holy Spirit does is important, not what you do. If it is, the doctrine becomes about works, specifically the works of confessing your sins.

The truth of it all is, sin is pathetic to the Christian. It is something that should be laughed at, not feared. Sin has no power. It was defeated. We see this in 1 Cor 15:55-56. Paul pretty much says, Christ’s death and resurrection made sin into nothing. Death’s “sting,” sin, doesn’t even exist.

What I’m trying to say is, it’s time to move on, church. Death has no victory and sin is no more. Begin to live like it. There is no sin anymore, because the world and its antics don’t concern us. We do not need to judge them, nor stand up for our beliefs, because we have no part in them. If homosexuals wish to “marry” then let them. If Muslim becomes the majority religion, then let it, because we should be concerned only with reaching out, making disciples.

We should be more concerned with the way the church is presenting itself. We should be judging the church, and discerning the church. We shouldn’t allow hatred to spew from the church. We shouldn’t allow sin to live in the church, when the church puts sin to death. These things should be what concerns us, not the things of the world.

Pope Francis said something similar, that the Catholics were “too obsessed with abortion, birth control, and gay marriage. “ I would agree, but I would apply that to many Christians. There is this idea that we should be worried about the actions of other people. The fact is, we shouldn’t care. We should be so worried about bigger things, that if we do care, in comparison it should be like not caring.

When the bible talks about true religion, it doesn’t talk about how we should be concerned with what other people are doing, or the world. But James 1:27 says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” Instead of worrying about sin, especially in the world, worry about the widows and the orphans. Worry about yourself, and how you’re pleasing God, and don’t be polluted by the world.

The fact is, the Church is called to be set apart, but it isn’t called to be separate. Interact with the world, because we live here, right now. Don’t be worried about yourself, and your standing with God. Jesus took care of that. Love God, with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and love your neighbor. That doesn’t mean you and your neighbor can’t disagree, but it means that when they’re in need, you provide. Try to practice religion that God accepts. People are way more important than sin, because sin has already lost.

True religion is also to follow me on twitter. James left that out because it would have confused everyone for about 2000 years.

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