On Our Obsession with Sin
our secret, fatal failure.
Our generation of Christians is overly-concerned with what is sinful and what is not. From marijuana to alcohol, kissing to masturbation, MA-rated TV shows to pirated movies, we ask incessantly: "Would Jesus do this?" or "Is that a sin?"
Quite frankly we ask ourselves, each other, and God these things to gauge what we can get away with and still be good Christians.
But perhaps we should ask ourselves, are we "good Christians" in the first place?
Quite frankly we ask... what we can get away with and still be good Christians.
Are we actually, earnestly doing what that Jesus actually, earnestly did? And as cliché as the question may be: are our lives reflecting his? And if not, are our concerns with morality not a mere mixture of curiosity, distraction, and pride; a self-gratifying search for assurance that your particular beliefs are correct; a shift from what is most important to what is tangentially important; a lofty, intellectual pursuit that makes you feel very Christian?
Make no mistake, as long as we are doing nothing else in Jesus' name, it is good that we are, at least, concerned with the parameters of sin.
Are our lives reflecting his? And if not, are our concerns with morality not a mere... self-gratifying search for assurance that your particular beliefs are correct?
But we are called by God to live more completely than to discuss the criterion of sin. This is very good news. And the reality is that the more completely we live— in the practical realm as opposed to the philosophical— the closer we grow to Him and the more He will reveal His will to us.
We must recall that Jesus spent a great deal of time calling out a particular group of people who were solely concerned with the moral law.