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I never imagined I would be the type of blogger to rant but there is something that needs to be said.

 

It is time we start calling a spade a spade. It bothers me deeply and baffles me to hear people who confess Christianity water down sin and decorate it with excuses. If it wasn’t so common I would not bother addressing it.

 

I realize we all make mistakes. We all make a slip of the tongue sometimes. But I think we all need to make a practice of choosing our words carefully when speaking of life altering sin patterns. Let’s be brave enough to admit it in our own lives and either hold our tongues silent or find a way to speak truth when speaking of these situations with others. It is so easy to come up with a better sounding version of what is taking place or toss in some sayings that make us feel better about living for our impulses. However, as proclaimers of Christ we are challenged to speak and live differently.

 

Here are a few classic examples:

 

“That was not a real marriage to begin with.”

 

Really? They didn’t make any vows? Or they didn’t sign any papers? Or they never did consummate? I’m trying to understand what you mean by that…

 

 

 

“God understands.”

 

Yes, but that does not mean He is okay with us trampling everything He said and did because our mood dictates it.

 

 

 

 “Everyone deserves love.”

 

So true! But I have a hunch what you really mean to say is that we should all be allowed to do whatever feels good.

 

 

 

“They have already separated.”

 

How often do tell yourself that? Does it ever silence the other voice screaming in your gut?

 

 

 

“I wouldn’t really call it an affair.”

 

“Is she married?”

 

“Technically.”

 

“Are they romantically involved?”

 

“Well, they’re sort of dating but I don’t know if they are regularly… sleeping together.”

 

Are you kidding me?

 

 

 

I’ll toss one more out there which is common, in particular when a Christian wants to date an unbeliever-

 

“He's got a good heart.”

 

(AKA: We like to believe that buried somewhere under everything he says and does, he is a closet Christian.)

 

 

 

None of these are exaggerated. You would be amazed how many conversations like this happen within Christian circles. Folks, I know that none of us want to admit difficult truth to ourselves, let alone loved ones, but we are not doing anyone a favor when we candy coat sin.

 

Jesus set us an example of pouring our lives in love for each other and for the lost, but never an example of pretending sin was something it isn’t. He spoke it straight out, “Go your way, and from now on do not sin again“, and then he moved on. He didn’t keep reminding them of it. It was time for them to move on too. If they were willing (like Mary Magdalene), He joyfully continued dancing down the path of life with them. If they had no interest, He allowed them their choice and cut them loose –always on the lookout for someone else who was hungry for truth.

 

It may make our conscience feel better when we alter facts for a friend (or for ourselves) but if we cannot spit out truth, we have no starting point. We truly have deceived ourselves.

 

They all deceive their neighbors, and no one speaks the truth; they have taught their tongues to speak lies; they commit iniquity and are too weary to repent.” Jeremiah 9:5 NRSV

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

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Posted by: Anna Wozniak
Posted on: 5/13/2014 at 9:27 AM
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Categories: Handling Habitual Sin | Relationships
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