The church I attend has been doing a sermon series on “acceptable sins,” and the series is based on the book, Respectable Sins, by Jerry Bridges. I think you can figure out what the premise of the book is. There are sins that we think are really bad–murder, theft, adultery. Then there are those that we know are sins, but they are “little”, right? Like gossip, jealousy, pride and selfishness.

But, a sin is a sin–no matter what the size. I remember my ex and I used to disagree about this all the time. He felt that his attraction to pornography wasn’t as bad as someone having an affair. Even though he went to church on a regular basis, it was clear he never read scripture. Jesus said in Matthew 5: 28, “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” And, murder, is really bad, right? Jesus again says in Matthew 5:21-22 that whoever murders and whoever is angry with a brother or sister shall be subject to judgment.

Every day I struggle with the fact that I have been divorced twice. I took vows in front of God, yet I broke those vows in front of men. But, every day I also say unkind things, to my daughter in anger because she hasn’t finished her homework in time or isn’t going to bed when she should be. I also say unkind things about people I work with–those that I feel aren’t doing their job. I chime in with gossip when I hear it. I also am quick to judge those that I feel aren’t very Christian. I’ve been struggling over a year now with the people in my “home” church because they haven’t reached out to me since the divorce to see how I’m doing–I judge them for that.

The good news is, as we all know, that Christ took all these sins with Him to the cross so that we are forgiven. But, it doesn’t mean that God now tolerates these sins. How many times have I thought, “Well, I’m not perfect, so I’ll just do it, and thank God for His Grace, that I can keep on doing this wrong thing, and He’ll just keep forgiving me.” I grew up Lutheran–the all-saving Grace of God!

The more and more I stay in God’s Word, the more and more I realize these “acceptable sins”.  Just as I’m about ready to say something negative about a co-worker, I feel this tinge, and a little voice in my head says, “Don’t do it…don’t do it!” Sometimes I listen, and sometimes I don’t. The fact that I’m aware is good. The fact that I continue on with my negative words is not. The fact that God forgives me is good, and just as He has forgiven me, I need to forgive others. My ex, my daughter when she irritates the heck out of me, and the co-worker that I can’t seem to tolerate. It’s all the same, no matter what the sin, circumstance or person.


Celebrate Freedom to be a Christian

As I sit here writing this blog on the eve of our nation’s birthday, I hear people outside laughing and celebrating by shooting off fireworks and fire crackers. Tomorrow, people will gather at community parades to see floats, hear marching bands and shake hands with politicians. Once it is dark, bigger and brighter fireworks will light up the sky, and people will gaze up and slowly repeat, “oooh, ahhh.”

It’s a celebration–a celebration of freedom. Freedom of religion. Freedom to worship. But as Christians, how free are we really? We are free to attend church and worship within the confines of those buildings and our home, but what about outside of those areas? Are we free to worship in school, to pray if we so desire? No, if we mention God or speak of Christianity, we may “offend” someone. We no longer speak of Christmas or Easter. It’s Winter Break, Happy Holidays, and Spring Break. We have taken the “under God” out of “one nation”. I wonder, how has Christianity become offensive, and where is the Christian’s freedom?

John Adams, our second U.S. President and signer of the Declaration of Independence said, “The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.” Our government today, as well as the liberal left, are trying to remove any trace of Biblical/Christian ideas that were the foundation of this nation.

As Christians, how do we deal with this situation? Well, I believe most of us remain quiet. We accept teachers who tell us that Creationism is a myth. We don’t pray in public. We learn to say “Happy Holidays,” even though we celebrate the birth of Christ. Are we afraid? Embarrassed, perhaps? And how does God feel when he looks down on us? On this country? I would think He is sad, as He sees a country pulling further away from Him and His word, and as He sees His people continue to show acts of denial.

We should be celebrating! Celebrating that we have a God who loves us, protects us and promises to take us to be with Him for eternity in a place where there will be celebrations every day. We should be dancing in the streets, thanking and praising Him for everything He does. He gave us this wonderful country, which gave us the freedom to be children of God without being ridiculed.

So, shoot those fireworks off and shout out praises to the Lord. Make July 4th a celebration of the gift that God gave our forefathers so many years ago. Remember that we are, “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Yes, even for Christians!

Psalm 33:12–What joy for the nation whose God is the Lord, whose people he has chosen for his own. 

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