Lowering our Standards

My last post was titled “Sin is Sin” – sins are equal in God’s eyes although we humans feel differently.  We humans definitely have a sliding scale of what is a terrible sin and a little sin.  The funny thing is that this scale shifts between generations and cultures.  What is worthy of death to one may be a slight slap on the hand to another.

Regardless of what sin we are discussing, sin usually attracts more sin.  Gossips attract more gossips and haters attract more haters.  Once we fall into sin we also attract other sins that compliment what evil we are already doing – i.e. stealing and lying.

When I was a child, divorce and re-marriage wasn’t accepted in the church.  They began a slide to acceptance in the 1960’s and they continue to this day.  Right or wrong – it has been on the sliding scale.  We opened the doors for divorced people in love but that acceptance fueled everyone’s attitude and acceptance to the point that it is okay for anyone to divorce without question.

One of the arguments that I recently heard about homosexuality was “I would be more willing to address homosexuality as a sin if the church would tackle the other areas of sexual sin – adultery, fornication, abortion, incest, pedophiles, molestation, rape, etc. If the church is not willing to admit these sins, it shouldn’t be against homosexuality.  They are all sins and they are all equally wrong.  Thirty Eight million people registered on an infidelity website, but don’t forget it’s the gays ruining the “sanctity” of marriage.  Many of those people are sitting in our pews”.

Okay – so I’m permitted to steal because others in the church are cheating on their taxes?  I can murder because there is gossip and malice in our sacred halls?

If you want to use that logic, you could stretch the idea that molesting or infidelity are permitted if we accept homosexuality. . . right?

Love everybody but don’t be blind.  Sin is sin and it attracts more sin.

Romans 6:1-3 (NIV)

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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