I have a couple of things to mention before I get into this post. The first is one I am very excited to share. My friend Karch will be giving posts here when time allows. He has a great heart for God, and some good stuff that should be shared. I am happy he gets to be a part of this blog.
The second thing is to give an apology for my absence on here the past few days. There has been a wide variety of things that have come up over the past few days. I have been playing catch up ever since I returned from Kenya. However, I have been doing a large amount of thinking during these past few days over some events that have taken place.
A few days ago I was told of a very sad situation. A young teenage girl was murdered. I never met the girl or her family before. I never knew who she was until I heard about the incident. I do know others who knew her though, and seeing their pain was rough. I found myself becoming angry over this evil act.
It is ok to be angry at sin. I strive not to be angry at the sinner, but it is perfectly right to be angry at sin, and what it does. I was angry over this particular sin because of the damage it caused. This person never stopped to think about the lives that would be forever changed because of their actions. This sin was destructive. It destroyed a life, and severely affected countless others.
I hated this sin. I hated the damage that it caused. I hated how it hurt people. I then reached a difficult thought. Do I hate my own sin?
It’s so easy for us to become angry at sin when we see it from the outside. We witness the destruction it causes, and realize that it is unjust. We stand up against it because we know that it is wrong. We see lives that are affected by it. It is so easy to be angry when we see sin in the world. How easy is it when we see it in ourselves?
I have never murdered anyone, but my sin is still destructive to more people than just me. When I sin it creates distance between me and God, and thus creates distance between me and others. I have never taken a life because of my sin, but I have certainly affected lives because of my sin.
When you sin it affects more than just you. If you are connected to other people then things that affect you will affect them as well. Our sin can be damaging to others. Different sins can affect different people for different reasons.
The girl who dresses a certain way to get that special attention from guys is affecting others. The kind of girl who dresses in such a way where the intention is for the males mind to wander, and take a closer look. It is the girl who dresses a certain way where the desired result is for a guy to lust over her. That is a sin that affects others. Isn’t this sin also destructive to others?
What about the man who lashes out in anger? He may not become physical with anyone, but he speaks harshly to others and demeans them. He justifies it as not being a big deal because he is not physically harming anyone. What he doesn’t know is he is dropping someone’s self-worth when he demeans them with words. Isn’t this sin also destructive to others?
Or maybe it’s the husband, boyfriend, or son who finds himself looking at porn. What he does not know is he is driving a wedge between him and his wife, or damaging his healthy expectations in his future marriage. There is the son who lives in a world of fantasy from porn, and meanwhile drifts further and further away from his family. They hurt for him, but he can’t see that. Isn’t this sin also destructive to others?
Tomorrow I will discuss bringing sin to light. If sin is so destructive, then sometimes the loving thing to do is confront it. However, before we can confront it in others, we need to acknowledge that our own sin is destructive too. I hate sins destructiveness. I hate it when my sin is destructive to others. Even in something as common as pride or a bad attitude my sin is destructive. Tomorrow we will think on pointing out the sin for our brothers and sisters. Today let us work on pointing at the destruction of sin in ourselves.