We are free to be morons.
God has given us the freedom to be dumb. This by no means implies God likes what we are doing. One verse I always think of in this context is, um, I can never find it, Hang on a couple minutes.
Ah yes, Psalm 50.
When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers. Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son. These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.
We do stupid things and God, it appears, lets us get away with it. He doesn’t judge us, kill us, or anything. Wow, God must be pretty happy with me since I know He would strike down real sinners.
Wrong. The sun shines on the righteous and the unrighteous.
Sin is a big deal. God does not like it, even if He is delaying punishment. Your sin is your biggest problem. My sin is my biggest problem. We should begin taking care of our sin before we worry about the sin of others.
Does this mean we never, ever, ever do anything about other people’s sin?
Not necessarily. We take the beam out of our eye to improve our vision to be able to take the splinter out of our brother’s eye. Church Discipline is a big issue in the New Testament, even if it isn’t a big issue in your church.
There are times when the sins of others need to be addressed. This is particularly true in the Church. When a so-called brother is willfully sinning and bringing shame on the name of Jesus Christ, something needs to be said and done.
There should be much more courage in our upholding of God and His standards in our churches. There is too much acceptance of sin in “Christian” lives. This isn’t legalism either, this is obedience to the Apostle Paul.
When it comes to the sin of the world, we shouldn’t be ashamed to stand up for biblical standards either, but it must be done differently. Jesus didn’t seem to mind so much the sin of heathen people. He expected it. This did not imply approval, however!
He told the woman at the well to go get her husband. He didn’t back away for embarrassment or fear that He would offend her. The Gospel is offensive.
But make sure, when you address other people’s sin, that it’s the Gospel doing the offending and not your arrogant, judgmental jerkness.
Easier said than done. Christians don’t have to listen to sinners. We can walk out. In fact, the Bible says to flee all appearance of evil. When was the last time you ran out of a movie theater?
The world is filled with sin. That’s where it belongs. Leave it there. You don’t have to hang around for it. You can point it out with Scripture, or flee.
Perhaps, for being sinners susceptible to temptation ourselves, it’s best just to leave. Let your leaving be your witness against sin, rather than hanging around to discuss it.
In the end, take your own sin the most seriously. Next, deal with the sins in your church. Then, if you have any time left, begin to whittle away at sin in the world.
How is this done? By boycotting? Screaming? Voting? Petitioning? Picketing? Waging holy war?
Nope, it’s done by living and speaking the Word of God. Let the Word do its work of shining the light of truth. Know the Word. Speak the Word. Let the Word do its work.