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17 September 2012
Sex and Pride… What wins?
by Jessica Ronne
What is sin?
Webster defines it as anyactregarded such as a transgression, especially a willful or deliberateviolationofsomereligiousormoralprinciple or any reprehensible or regrettable action, behavior,lapse, etc.; great fault or offense. The Bible defines sin as transgression of the law of God (1 John 3:4) and rebellion against God (Deuteronomy 9:7; Joshua 1:18). So according to both of these definitions sin is a direct violation of some sort of moral code; specifically for Christians that moral code is the word of God, the Bible.The Bible lists many sins throughout its pages. There are Old Testament sins that fall under the Levitical law which to many modern day believers are not something that we adhere to anymore due to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. But, just because we have the saving grace of Christ doesn’t mean that we, of the modern age, are exempt from all sins – some are just not applicable to our culture and society; examples such as having concubines, piercings, or braided hair. There is still sin that the Bible speaks of but because of Christ’s sacrifice at Calvary we are no longer subject to the punishment that it entails when we believe that Jesus Christ took it all upon himself and forgave us of our wrong doings.We do still have a part to play in that redemption though our acceptance of the fact that we are sinners and also our acceptance of his free gift of grace.To break it down, the major difference between the Old and New Testaments in the Bible is this; in the Old Testament sins that were committed had to be atoned for in some way or another, by a sacrifice of some sort – usually a blood sacrifice.In the New Testament under the new covenant, the sacrificial Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, is the all atoning sacrifice for our sins – IF we personally accept what He did at Calvary.In thinking further about sin in our culture today, I’d say that there are sins that Bible believing Christians would and do often place at the top of a sin list if there were such a list. For example, drugs, alcohol, and smoking; these addictive sins we look down upon, for the people who associate with these behaviors as probably not being very Christ like.Then there are the sex sins: pornography, rape, incest, homosexuality, premarital sex, and adultery. Again, if you are living in sin in one of these areas, you are probably not going to get the Christian stamp of approval from most churches.Granted, some of these listed are much worse in terms of harm done to others but nonetheless, they are all viewed as sinful behavior according to the Bible. Then there are the little sins like, gossip, lying, slander, pride, stealing, taking the Lord’s name in vain, lust, obesity, petty little things that as Christians we tend to not give a whole lot of attention to because these are the sins that we are most familiar with; these are the sins that we are comfortable with in our OWN daily lives. Yes, our lives, so why in the world would we want to draw attention to something that we struggle with?I, for one, can see eight sins mentioned in these lists that I have struggled with. Yes, 8 of them, some I am tempted with often and some very infrequently, but still they are temptations that I need to overcome in my life. A homosexualor an adulterous lifestyle, that must be sinning as many Christians proclaim very loudly and adamantly, but the soloist in the church choir who lives a lifestyle of gossip and slander and who never feels conviction about her incessant need to share anything and everything with anyone and everyone, now that’s an entirely different category, right? Or, the occasional pot smoker who needs to settle her nerves due to a physically abusive situation that she can’t escape versus the morbidly obese deacon who eats fast food morning, noon, and night to the point of having one heart surgery after another.Very, very different sins in the eyes of the Lord, correct? The man who drinks a few beers every night versus the couple watching an R rated movie full of sex, drugs, and violence? Or the arrogant, puffed up evangelist full of pride strutting about in his $5000 suits driving a Mercedes Benz to his next big meeting where massive crowds will affirm and exult him over and over again as God’s faithful servant compared to the 20 year old having premarital sex with his 17 year old girlfriend. Where is the line? Are some petty in God’s eyes while the others, well, those are hell and damnation sins? Is there a list in Heaven detailing the sins from the worst of the worst to the not so bad ones that you can occasionally commit as a Christian? Interestingly enough, the Bible makes 6 references’ to homosexuality in contrast to 73 mentions of taming our tongues, and I found 25 blatant references to what God thinks about pride in our lives, “The Lorddetests all the proud of heart.” Proverbs 16:5. Detest is a pretty strong word for what God thinks about that sin; something I will be writing about in a post soon. I can’t actually find any verses in the Bible related specifically to marijuana and drug usage other than the verses pertaining to our bodies being the temple of the Holy Spirit and the self-control verses; however, verses related to gluttony are numerous, 9 that I could find, all relating specifically to gluttony and many, many other verses related to our bodies being temples of the Holy Spirit and again self-control. I’m not saying that all of these are not sins in the eyes of the Lord; I am saying that as Christians we better start recognizing the planks in our own eyes and focus on our own shortcomings in the eyes of the Lord before we spill hellfire and damnation on the rest of the world – who by the way is not held to the same standard as we are if we profess the name of Christ.We also need to recognize that the saving grace and mercy of Jesus Christ, who came to be our sacrificial lamb, is the only judge worthy of any judgment and anyone who proclaims his Lordship over their life needs to be eternally grateful for their own escape from a very much deserved damnation and stop pointing fingers at the shortcomings of many others.