Tonight my heart aches.
It aches for the Duggar Family. It aches for the Jenner family.
But most of all, my heart aches for my Christian family.
When situations like these are brought to light, the world often looks to see how Christians respond. In fact, I’ve heard more Christian viewpoints in the last few weeks than I would care to share.
Quite often, unbelievers will call Christians narrow-minded, judgmental, ignorant. Unfortunately, many times they are right. The problem is not with the situation. The problem is how we respond to the situation.
That is why this post is not about my viewpoint on these situations. Truly, it doesn’t matter what I think about them.
What does matter is how I respond to the person in the situation. It is not my job to comment on their actions because I am just as capable to make the same choices. All of us are.
When I need an answer, I find that the best source is the Bible. To me, it is the ultimate how-to guide for everything. Life, love, heartache: it’s all in there.
I prefer to read the whole context of the books and chapters, rather than selecting isolated verses to base my ideals on.
Lately I’ve been doing some reading if 1 John. The words of this book have really struck me as pertinent to what is happening in our world, and I’d love to share them here. It’s a short book, but a powerful one. I encourage you to read it in its entirety here: 1 John on Bible Gateway.
Deep breath… here we go.
As Christians, we know that everyone sins (Romans 3:23, 1 John 1:10) , but that if we confess and believe in Christ, our sins are forgiven (1 John 1:9).
This forgiveness doesn’t mean that we should go on sinning and asking forgiveness. Quite the contrary, as Christ died to set us free from this cycle. He died to set everyone free from sin (1 John 2:2).
And yes, just because Christ has set us free does not mean that we will be free from the consequences of sin. 1 John 3:4-6 says:
“4 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.6 No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.”
In my opinion, that sets everyone on an equal playing field (Matthew 12:31). No sin is greater than another, which leaves no one room to judge another believer.
Did you hear that? ALL SIN. Everything, anything. We’re all the SAME in God’s eyes.
It it not my place, as a believer, to tell you WHAT sin is. I can only encourage you to stay true to God’s Word and trust that the Holy Spirit will convict you, as He does me.
1 John 2: 9 says that, “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness.” How can we be in Christ when our hatred is causing us to stumble?
Christians, it is time to stop responding to the world and start receiving the fullness of God. Above all, I know that God is love. It was His great love that saved us.
His ultimate commandment is to love one another. So can’t we just do that? Through all our imperfections, all of our sins, and all of our failures, why don’t we attempt to see people as God sees them.
When God looks at believers, He sees beauty. He sees His own Son. He sees a person, not sin.
Is that what you see?