Wednesday, 28 March 2012
I’m so tired of hearing the lousy excuses Christians have for sinning. You cannot justify going out and getting sloppy drunk as, “That’s just what college kids do,” or, “I’m young, this is my time to party.” What if Jesus had decided that it was His time to party instead of His time to die for the world?
It really bothers me when Christians say things like they were raised in church so they’re 'okay' for now, and eventually they’ll get their life straightened out; right now they just aren’t ready to give everything up. Excuse me?! Since when does God abide by our schedule? You cannot call yourself a Christian and yet continue in sin.
Paul made that more than clear in Romans 6:1-2, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” How dare we have the gall to believe that Jesus died so that we can sin to our hearts content, assuming we’ll live to a ripe old age -- that one day we will have the perfect opportunity to make our apologies to God, and he will just pat us on the back and tell us it doesn’t matter in the end. It does matter! “Behold now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2b)
You can justify sin however you want. You could say that Jesus will forgive you anyways so it’s not that big of a deal. But so long as you pursue the loves of the world, there will be no room in your heart for the love of Christ. And no matter what you say to make yourself feel better about the sin, it’s still sin.
The church as a whole seems to be taking the Bible and Christianity as a joke. The best way for history to not repeat itself is by learning from it. You would think with a Bible of 66 books and 39 of them in the Old Testament, we would have plenty of opportunities to study the Israelites and learn the serious consequences of sin. And yet here we are, worshiping idols and putting the one true God on the back burner.
The pastor at my church read a verse in the course of his sermon a couple of Sunday’s past that really caused me to think. “Can a virgin forget her ornaments or a bride her attire? Yet my people have forgotten me days without number (Jer. 2:32).” How often do I have so much going on; school, work, etc. that I forget to take time out of my day for God? And then it gets to the end of the day and I’m ‘too tired.’ I should never use 'too tired' as an excuse to the Almighty God when I have plenty of time throughout the day to do other things. Those ten minutes on Facebook between classes or that half hour break at work would have been so much better spent studying God’s word, reflecting on his goodness or meeting with him in prayer.
We as a church, globally, need to realize that God is serious and that it’s time for us to get serious about God. Being a Christian is not a joke, and it’s not a get out of jail free card. It’s literally life or death. And no one said it would be roses. I will be the first to admit it is incredibly difficult to deny my fleshly desires, and sometimes I fail. But have you ever really read the crucifixion story? Really read it and let it sink in. There is no way to read, believe and understand that and not be in tears from the awesome grace, mercy and love that God has shown. How lame my excuses are compared to everything God did for me. He sacrificed His son for me; He died for me!
God is going to test us; He is going to put us through fire. He is going to refine us (Zechariah 13:9), and I want to one of those who comes through the fire as purified gold, as a bride ready to meet my Heavenly, Holy groom. Not as one who put up a bunch of excuses about how, “I was born this way, I didn’t know any better, I couldn’t help it.” Because it may be hard for you to give up your worldly lusts and desires, but nothing is harder than willingly giving up a child to die so that the world may live. Any excuse of, “It was just too hard,” will pale in comparison to the drops of blood that Jesus sweated as he prepared to give the ultimate sacrifice for us.
What are everyone else's thoughts? Am I being too harsh, or are you becoming as equally frustrated as I am with the generally lackadaisical attitude of Christians today?
How do you respond? Do you agree with the author's assertion that Christianity in general is becoming apathetic toward sin? What are some examples of Christians today who are taking sin seriously?