Over the last few days I have been thinking about sin…
…and I have been sinning.
If any of you have been reading my blog, even on a semi-regular basis you will know that I consider myself a “sinner” with no claim to any righteousness or holiness ouside of Jesus. So even when I post something I realize that my motives may not be all that altruistic from time to time. That being said….here is my lastest contemplation.
I have tried to come up with passages in the Christian Text that support the idea that we are suppose to run around and tell non-believers about their sin. For some reason I cannot. maybe I am just not seeing it, or maybe I am not interpreting the text correctly, but I cannot find any.
I find passages that speak of the Holy Spirit convicting people of ther sin of not believing in Jesus…Peter repremanding the Jewish crowd on Pentecost for rejecting Jesus and killing Him, Peter before the Jewish Council/high priest that as disciples of Jesus they must obey God (in speaking to people about Jesus), rather than man and again reminding the Council again of their sin of killing Jesus. I see Paul apologizing to the high priest for disrespecting him, and the respect shown to King Aggipa, and to the men of Athens in his Mars Hill dialogue (not once does he call them idolators.
Then there is Jesus healing the man at the well, the blind man, touching and healing lepers, the woman with the issue of blood, raising the widows’ son from the dead, feeding the multitude, having a conversation with the woman at the well and a multitude of other healings, eating and drinking and partying with “sinners”, eating at the house of a known tax collector…you get my point. I can only think of one instance where He tells someone to go and sin no more..but I am sure I miss something.
The point I am trying to make here is that we believers have an obsession with sin, and we are not afraid to confront it. There is a problem with this approach though, because it cuts off any other opportunity to love a person into the Kingdom. And we forget that the Holy Spirit is the one to bring conviction of sin, not us.
The other point I want to make is that we love to hate sin…others sin, sins we do not have in our own lives, sins that tend to be outside of the church (or so we think). So we spend an inordinate amount of time telling “outsiders” how sinful they are but conveniently forget that our church pulpits and pews are filled with sinners… that sin… every day!
And finally, we demand non-believers quit sinning, but shut the door to further conversations about love and grace. And we forget that we as believers only stand before God because of the unconditional love and grace found only in Jesus.
Jesus was a friend of sinners…why aren’t we?
We desperately need a new approach.