When I first read this quote, I smiled. It was on Facebook, and I know I “liked” it. It made me feel good.
Then it became vile tasting. Somehow it lost it's flavor and authenticity and I was left with a lingering uneasiness about it.
Telling people to not judge me because I sin differently than they do, might make me feel better about not using the whole overused “judge not” line. But in actuality, its saying “I know I sin, but I like my sin, so I'm going to keep doing my sin, because my sin makes me feel good. If anyone dares point it out, I'm going to be Christian enough to admit it. But I'm not going to be Christ-like in my attitude in addressing it. I'm going to make myself feel better by pointing out theirs.”
I want to do what I want to do, because I want to do it, how I want to do it, when I want to do it, why I want to do it, because I am I and I need to feel good about I.
...read that again...
Sure, it makes people back off because I'm pleading my case. But, in actuality I'm just saying their sin makes my sin OK.
Their sin makes my sin tolerable.
Their sin makes my sin less sinful.
Their sin makes my sin in less need of repenting of.
That's wrong. It holds about as much weight in God's book as does a feather providing a windbreak in a blizzard.
Yes, you and I are loved by God more than we'll ever know, and are covered in more grace than we'll ever need. But, we should never assume that because of His love and grace, we needn't confess and repent of our sin. If we have knowledge of sin in our life, we are responsible for repenting of it, not justifying it.
What are your thoughts on this?
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