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Friday, February 16, 2007

Sin, Do We Call It What It Is?

Sin, Do we call it what it is? "The person was having an affair." Instead of committing adultery. Do we call sin what it is? Are afraid of offending? Do we preach not to offend? We living in a society where the worst sin that a person can commit is telling someone that they are wrong. Or more over we are afraid of being wrong. So, what do we do in a society of anything goes? Sin is watered down? Do we call sin what sin is? Is wrong still wrong in the eyes of God even when society says its okay? Are we afraid to offend? You do hear people say do it with love, even though, we do it with love, will people still be offended. Jesus tell his disciples what? The worlds going to hate us. Sin is sin even when the world around us says calls it something else or gives it the thumbs up.

What do you think?
Share your thoughts.

21 Comments:

Blogger Alan said...

You are shining the spotlight on a real problem. I'm currently reading a book on this subject called Set Apart: Calling a Worldly Church to a Godly Life. I think that book addresses the same issue. We blend in. We should be the light of the world, the salt of the earth. But in many cases we have lost our distinctiveness. We blend in.

2:56 PM  
Blogger Benjamin Potter said...

Got caught up in this just recently. I referred to "taking a life" in a sermon. At a Bible study the next day a friend wanted me to distinguish between "taking a life" and "committing murder". He is a veteran.

9:32 PM  
Blogger Stoned-Campbell Disciple said...

One of the best books on sin I have ever read is Cornelius Plantinga's NOT THE WAY IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE (Eerdmans). Dare I say a book on sin was a "pleasure" to read. It is profound. Highly recommended.

Shalom,
Bobby Valentine

12:34 AM  
Blogger Wade Tannehill said...

If adultery is having an affair and murder is "taking a life," perhaps the worst abuse of language is to call a practicing homsexual "gay"-- the ruination of what was once a perfectly good word. God says it's an abomination---but if we say that we might offend someone.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Darin L. Hamm said...

I do think the church has a problem calling sin sin but I don't think it is the world's sin that it struggles with.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Wade Tannehill said...

If I understand what Darin is saying (and I may not)this may be a regional thing, but when I've lived in the Bible belt or in conservative states (forgive me, I can't remember if those are red or blue), there was a difference as to whether the struggle was with the church's sin or the worlds.

In the conservative regions the church is more than happy to call a spade a spade when they're talking about other people's sins (i.e., abortion is murder; homosexuality an abomination), but the church has been slow to recognize the beam in its own eye.

BUT, when I lived near Chicago it was a whole different ball game. The church was so into live and let live and don't judge anybody that it just wasn't altogether sure that homosexuality or abortion were even wrong. A lot of things became situational. This certainly wasn't all Christians, but in the north (upper Midwest, whatever) I saw a lot more tolerance for the sins of the culture. And this could be a congregational thing as well as regional. But in non-Bible belt places I see a real danger of assimilation. The Bible belt has its own set of problems.

12:55 PM  
Blogger Benjamin Potter said...

It would seem that in the interest of being accepting of the people the church has become overly accepting of the sin as well.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Wade Tannehill said...

Yeah! What Benjamin said.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Laymond said...

I agree with Wade some are anxious to accuse others but accept no responsability for their own sins.
The church especially in the south has a perpensity to teach what they believe to be the truth instead of a thing they can prove from the bible to be the truth. when is a lie a lie? when it is not the truth. the whole truth.
When is a lie a sin, Paul said always.

3:07 PM  
Blogger Trey Morgan said...

I think we've become so comfortable with our worldly surroundings that sin is all that bad anymore. For example, cheating in sports, if you get away with it, is being lucky or catching a break.

7:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to hear an example of what Laymond feels churches in the South are teaching that isn't in the scripture. It's kinda rude to slap a quarter of the country's Christians and not say why.

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