Have you ever noticed that the world doesn’t use the word ‘sin’ or call out something The Bible says is wrong as ‘sin’?
When was the last time you turned on the evening news and a reporter covering a recent burglary called the thieves “sinners”? or stories about extramarital affairs being committed by “adulterers”? Sadly, Hollywood reporters’ every other words would be “whoremonger” or “fornicator” if they called out sexual sin in their stories! But these days, sexual sin seems to be an acceptable norm to the world ... but certainly NOT acceptable to God. (And by the way, God’s beautiful rainbow is not a symbol for sexual sin, it is God’s symbol of His covenant to never again destroy the earth and all flesh by a flood.) Matthew 5:44 - “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”
Don’t misunderstand … God loves ‘whosoever’ and sent His Son to die for ‘whosoever’. We ALL sin and come short of God’s glory. But there’s more to the story than that. You can’t pick and choose which commandments to keep, which verses of God’s Word to live by and which ones to ignore, and expect no chastisement or consequences from our Creator. Hebrews 12:6 - “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”
Christ-followers, take a stand! Like the apostle Paul, don’t be ashamed of the gospel of Christ. Romans 1:16 - “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” God never promised an easy road. 1Timothy 4:10 - “For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.”
If we don’t start calling out sin for what it is, it soon becomes acceptable behavior by the world. People need to know we are ALL sinners in need of a Saviour, and we have a Saviour full of mercy and grace Who is waiting with open arms.