The Bible teaches us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). But there are a few problems with this teaching:
- We’re afraid to tell others that they are sinners
- Others don’t like being told they are sinners
- We keep changing the definitions around what is a sin
One of the issues at play here is how we tell others they are sinners. Put gently and in a non-judgmental way, it’s received far better than if the message is delivered, finger in the face and Bible in the other hand. But each of us who is saved had to be told and/or convinced at some point that WE were sinners in need of Christ. Our basic job as Believers is to share that message in love and to share Jesus as the answer. Remember that this Christmas!
Now, if we aren’t sinners, and if we don’t sin—or if we simply deny calling sin “sin”, then we don’t need a savior, that is, assuming we’re correct. And if we are correct, then Jesus died for nothing and the Bible is a lie: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
The way of America seems to be this: There is no Biblical moral code and there is no sin. There are no moral absolutes.
This is why homosexuality is such a hot-button issue these days. Those who are in it don’t want to be called a sinner or be made to feel “unnatural”, and those who know and love these people don’t want to be judgmental. They genuinely want to be supportive and loving. I get that. I’m there too!
But that begs the question: What do you tell your friend or family member who is sleeping with a married person, not their own spouse? It’s called adultery and the Bible says it’s wrong. Do you not call it sin and try to correct the person who is trapped in the relationship?
I hope you would! You see, to the people involved, it feels GOOD! It feels NATURAL! It’s a case of “Don’t tell me who I can love!” You see, I’ve been there! I know! And someone was bold enough to call sin what it is! This person came and knocked on my door and told me that what I was doing was wrong. Thing is, I KNEW it was wrong! And so did she! But we went there anyway!
Sin is easy! Sin is fun!
The consequences in this life may not always be so fun. Her husband wasn’t all that thrilled and the fact that I’m able to sit here today and even type this is a blessing!
We must call sin what it is whether it is heterosexual sin or homosexual sin. WE ARE ALL SINNERS AND FALL SHORT OF THE STANDARDS GOD HAS ESTABLISHED!
We cannot pull God’s standards down to our level, and we cannot pull OURSELVES up to his. If we could pull God down to our standards, the wide range of what’s acceptable would be as varied as there are people. There would be no point in God being Holy if each person could establish his or her own standards.
If we could pull ourselves up to His standards, Jesus’ life and death would have been needless. Point is, we need him and his atoning death to bridge that gap.
A few times over the years I’ve taken my young son to the playground. He tries to do a pull-up on the bars but isn’t strong enough. He simply didn’t have the strength to pull himself up. He joked once that it would be cool if he could stand there and pull the bar down! Indeed! Not much of a pull-up and not a very strong bar if that were possible. As his dad, I was happy to lift him up to the bar. Relying on a strength outside of his own body, he was able to crest the bar.
Let’s be bold enough to call sin what it is. Let’s be bold enough to tell others, in love, that the bridge ahead of them is washed out—that they need to stop and turn around! But let us also be resolute in knowing what a sin is. Society doesn’t get to move the goalposts in this game. We didn’t invent the game, we didn’t mark the boundaries, and we just don’t get to change the rules whenever we want to.