Wednesday, January 25, 2017

I'm sick of being told "It's ok" that I sin / My problem with wearing x's on your hands to Church


Recently, I feel as if all I see is that bloggers (mainly Christian blogs) are putting out the same message - 

It's ok that you sin.

I came across a specific article the other day that really struck me as odd. 

I will not cite this article because I do not want to attack this certain author, and furthermore, I will not single out a person who was trying to share God's word.

The article went a little something like this - 

The author overheard a group of girls talking about a classmate that hooked up with a stranger and then went to church the next day, with x's still on her hands. She makes the point that you can do bad things on Saturday, and still be met by Jesus' love on Sunday. She tells us to come as we are to church, because God loves us anyways.

And I see people sharing it left and right on Facebook.

"So true!!"

"We are all sinners in need of a savior"

"We are no better than anyone else because we all fail daily!"

These comments are all very, very true.

I'm not disagreeing that God's love covers all our sins -

But does that mean we should never turn away from them?

No.

I am sure that this author, and every other blogger that has written on this, has good intentions.

And I get it. I really do understand what they are trying to convey. 

They are trying to tell us that we are never too far from God's grace.

And hallelujah for that!

But when did we, as a culture, become so obsessed with making ourselves feel better when we should be taking responsibility for our actions?

When did sermons become classified as "good" when we leave feeling better about ourselves?

When did sermons become about us?

When did Christianity become about us?

Of course God will forgive you no matter your sin, but that doesn't mean we should sin in the meantime, knowing we already have his forgiveness.

Excessive drinking, having premarital sex, posting provocative pictures, drugs, cussing, etc.

These are the things that people are starting to welcome in the church.

Hear me say this - 

The church should not be welcoming any sin into the church. They should be welcoming the sinner.

Can I be honest with you? I'm in college and I have gone out on Saturday nights.

I've been both on both sides. 

Before I came to college, I had never drank any alcohol. But once I got to college, I got sucked into it for a bit. 

Call me old fashioned, but I don't think it's respectful to wear your x's to church.

I'm not saying you can't go to church after you feel convicted for your actions.

But if you are wearing them like a badge of honor to show that you are a sinner in need of a Savior, then you're missing the point.

You are entering God's holy place. 

Yes absolutely God knows what you have done even if you don't wash them off.

But let me tell you something -

My relationship wasn't as strong when I was dwelling in sin.

Now that might be hard to hear.

And I'm not speaking for anyone else. 

I am speaking for myself, and telling you about my relationship with the Lord.

(Notice I didn't say my relationship with Jesus vanished.)

It is nearly impossible to set a good example and do work for the Kingdom of the Lord while you are partaking in sinful activities.

You can be a Christian and drink, or have sex, or insert whatever sin you struggle with, and still know Jesus.

And I'm not saying that having a glass of wine is wrong or that all people that drink are bad.

Having a little bit of alcohol isn't necessarily bad.

However, drinking to get drunk is.

Your body is a temple from God himself, and you should honor that.

What I'm saying is that it's a sin, just like many other things, but we need to stop acting like it isn't.

Let me break it down for you.

So I may not have kids, but I can compare it to the next best thing - dogs.

I have a dog of my own. My dog's name is Scrappy. I love Scrappy more than words can describe. But sometimes, Scrappy steals my socks. (Yes, I am equating dogs to Christians and socks to sin. Stick with me.)  Although I do not want Scrappy to steal my socks, I still love him.  No matter how many times Scrappy steals my socks, I love him all the same because he is my dog and nothing can change that.

My point is this - 

Jesus loves us more than words can describe. And yes, sometimes, we might start to dwell in our sin. Although God does not want us to sin, He still loves us. No matter how many times we stray from him, He loves us all the same because we are His children and nothing can change that.

However, what most articles are missing, is that we should not take advantage of the grace God has shown us.

God loves us indefinitely - that is not the question.

The question is what we will do with this life God has given us.

I've written a post before about being a Christian and acting like one and I still hold true to my opinions.

One of the final paragraphs of the article from the girl that I read said :

"Last week was a bad week for me where I struggled with sin– but my butt was in the church pew the following Sunday. Because I know I serve a God who sees my imperfections and doesn’t ask me what I did. He already knows what I did. He does not ask girls to wash their Xs off. He says come as you are."

But actually, the Scripture never says come as you are. 

And, in fact, God will ask you what you did on earth. 

Romans 14:11-14

"It is written:‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’

So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. 

Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. 

Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. 

I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. 

But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean."

What these verses tell us is this -

We will give an account of our lives to God one day and tell him what we did.

He tells us not to judge others,

but He also tells us to keep sin out of the people's lives around us.

If we keep acting like sins aren't sins, then we aren't doing what God tells us to do.

Galatians 5:19-21 says

"Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God."

Wow.

That might be a hard pill to swallow.

And that might be because we've stopped preaching the whole Gospel.

We've started preaching the parts of the Gospel that are comfortable to us, and letting go of the rest.

We're forgetting that God is wrathful. 

We forget the importance of repentance.

We're forgetting that God is jealous for us. 

For our hearts.

What my goal in is writing this, is to be the friend, not that you want, but that you need.

You may want a friend that can make you laugh and go out with you and gossip with you,

but you need a friend that will hold you accountable and talk about the hard things with you.

And I'm that friend.

I read an article that explained this perfectly. It said :

"God’s word means nothing to many people. 

I am in no way saying that the church shouldn’t be welcoming or that we have to clean up all the bad stuff in our lives before we can be saved.

I am saying that we shouldn’t allow people to think that it’s OK to remain in rebellion.

I am saying that true faith in Christ alone will change your life. 

Salvation is a supernatural work of God. 

Come as you are, but you won’t stay as you are because God is working in true believers."

Sin will always happen, because we are imperfect.

But that does not mean that sin is okay -

Sin is the thing that nailed our Savior to the Cross.






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