Coexisting With Other People’s Sin

The Bible tells us that we are all sinners. I don’t think universal sinfulness is any sort of new revelation. No kidding.

But the Bible has a point to make about the fact we are all guilty before God–Don’t judge too harshly, consider your own faults before dealing with others, and lighten up would ya?

No really. That’s one of the main points. Consider:

Ecclesiastes 7:20, proof text extraordinaire for this subject, says, “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

Look at what comes next:

Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee: For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others.”

Since we are all sinners, you must regret some things you have said or done. Therefore, take it easy on others who probably regret what they just said or did that is currently offending you.

Sin is bad. We’re not supposed to do it. But the Bible seems pretty consistent on the fact that we must learn to coexist with sin. We’re not to make peace with sin in our own lives, we are to battle it. This battle WITH OUR OWN SIN should produce humility.

You know you are fighting your own sin seriously when you are humbled enough to lighten up on the sins of others.

Jesus is our ultimate example. He just didn’t seem to have a problem with the awful sins of sinners. He mostly had a problem with people who had a problem with other people’s sins–Pharisees, scribes, elders, “judgmental, self-righteous church people.”

We should learn from all this. The Church should be a place where we’ve learned our lesson and been humbled sufficiently.

Yet the Church seems to major on hammering the sins of others. We’re offended at everything. One person says one thing just a little bit off on Facebook and we must set them right with all the self-righteous verbiage at our disposal.

Good night people! Have you never said anything a little bit off where maybe you can ease up a bit?

The Bible says when we judge others, God will use the same standard to judge us. That should make us never open our mouths again. Ever.

Instead we can’t keep the gaping hole shut.

If you view sin as a problem, shut up about it and fight off your own.

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