Are Some Sins Worse Than Others?
Is it worse to commit adultery or to worship an idol? Is it worse to covet our neighbor’s car or to tell a big fat lie? Is it worse to steal a pack of gum or to murder our spouse? We all have an opinion about which is worse! That’s because we’re usually pretty good at noticing other people’s sins; but, not quite so good at seeing our own! I know I’m that way—I’m looking for grace when I do something stupid out driving; but, man, I reign down judgment when someone else does something stupid driving in front of me. That’s how most “unbelievers” view Christians in this country! And, it’s killing our opportunities to make disciples!
How Does The World Look At Most Christians?
Jesus said the world knows “we are Christians by our love.” But “unbelievers” in America have come to regard Christians as spiritual thugs & judgmental haters who pick-n-choose their pet sins to harp on! The image most non-Christians have of Christians is not a picture of the “gospel”—the “good news” that Jesus saves everyone who is broken over their sin. Rather, we’re often seen as people who cast stones @ the “BIG SINS” of others; and, pretend our “little sins” aren’t as significant. This has to stop!
All Sin Is Deadly
We have to begin to take responsibility for ALL SIN because ALL SIN IS DEADLY! The prophet Isaiah painted sin with a broad brush when he wrote, “Your iniquities have built barriers between you and your God, and your sins have made Him hide His face from you so that He does not listen” (Isaiah 59:2) James wrote: “For whoever keeps the entire law, yet fails in one point, is guilty of breaking it all” (James 2:10) Because we’ve ALL SINNED, we’re ALL GUILTY! Whatever “size” our sin—a “biggie” or a “little” one—we must repent of it & trust Jesus’ atoning work on the cross or it will kill us! Imagine how much more effective God will make our relationships, with unbelievers, when we just love them like “fellow beggars” looking for food!