Sins of the tongue probably rate as the worst kinds of sins as far as harm to others goes. Yet, we sit in our churches with blazing tongues, spreading hurt to all with no qualms. While I believe homosexuality is a sin because the Bible says it is, I sometimes question the obsession with it that I see among Christians. It’s like we’ve separated the sins into acceptable and unacceptable categories. We have our pet sins; those go into the acceptable category. Then we have the ones that don’t bother us as much; those go into the unacceptable category.
Let me tell you no sin is acceptable to God!
We are all sinners. There is none righteous, no not one. We cannot gloss over some sins and sit in our pews as holier-than-thou whited sepulchres, spewing ungodliness in our judgmentalness. We ought to do one and not leave the other undone. We should worry about sin – all sin – our own sin first.
The Bible tells us to take the beam out of our own eye first. Then we will be able to see clearly to help others remove the speck in their eyes. As long as we have these sins that we cling to and justify and ignore as ‘not so bad’, we will be unable to help others with their sin. This is the problem when it comes to speaking out against sin. We do not have the right to do so until we have cleaned up our own back yard. I am not saying we shouldn’t speak out. I’m saying we should clean up that beam and then speak out, when we have the right and the ability to help others in the same mess we found ourselves in.
We have the answer: Jesus Christ. But we besmirch His name when we excuse sin in our own lives while condemning others for theirs. I have been asking God for over a year to show me the truth about these matters. He is slowly but surely moving me into His will as He teaches me how to walk with Him and how to know Him as He truly is. This is a difficult concept for most Christians, but it is difficult in its very simplicity. The same is true of salvation. It is simple, and yet we make it hard.
So what beams do you have in your eyes, keeping you from seeing clearly?
In this series, we will talk about the beams we can have and what they look like. Tune in for more. . . .