A few months ago, one of my colleagues was caught. Not only was he caught watching child pornography, he was also caught distributing it online. He was promptly fired. Although I have only spoken to him once before, I was personally stunned when I found out.
However, I was even more disheartened by how my fellow colleagues -- both Christian and non-Christian -- were so quick to condemn him. One of my peers even said the offender committed one of the worst crimes in existence, as if somehow child pornography was worse than "regular" pornography.
The fact is, though, that we all are sinners. The real difference between the offender and us is that he was caught and called into account by a court of law. While we may not have committed the same crime -- or even the genre of crime -- one day all of us will be called into account in front of God. Have you badmouthed a friend behind his back? Have you stolen -- or illegally downloaded software? Do you honor God on the internet?
No one is righteous (Romans 3:9-20). In fact, CS Lewis in Mere Christianity
quoted (someone that I cannot recall), saying that if every thought and deed of us were made known, we would be called monsters.
For us to be reconciled to God, we must be holy. But we aren't. That's why we need Jesus (Romans 3:21-31). Thank God for Christmas.How about you? Do you rank sins, as if some are worse than others? Knowing who you are, would you call yourself a monster? Do you think you need Jesus?