Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Is Celebrating Sin Really the New Norm?

First, I need to write a few disclaimers. This post isn't meant to purposely offend anyone. I am not writing this to specifically hurt anyone or any one particular sin. This is about sin in general--any sin. Also--and I know this is a bit of a tough statement, but please understand I am speaking to myself just as much as to my readers--if you are offended by it, exam why. Whenever we get offended or defensive, it is almost always because we are being prideful and are offended at the truth. Otherwise, if what we are offended about is not true in the least, then why bother spending the energy being offended because you know you are right. If you are reading this just to pick a fight, please stop reading. If you are honestly reading this to be open-minded and humble and really want to know what I am talking about when I say that we celebrate sin as a culture today, then I welcome you to continue to read and share this post.

I have been thinking a lot lately about how we as a society celebrate sin. We don't just turn away or act okay with it, we have begun to actually celebrate it and praise people who practice un-repentant sin telling them they are brave and persecuted. I am going to post an article that I believe articulates what I am saying exactly, but of course way better than I could say it. But, first let me finish my thoughts.

We were laying in bed one evening and John said something that was pretty profound. I can't quote him word for word, so I will just put what he said in a nutshell. He told me that it all boils down to how we lay our head down at night. Those of us who speak against celebrating and normalizing sin lay our heads down on our pillows at night afraid and sorrowful. We are afraid for the souls of those who are celebrating their sin. We are sad and sorrowful because it is their souls at stack. All of our lives are in the hand of the Almighty. Where as they go to bed angry that "those people dare to question how we live." It isn't that, we are afraid for you. Romans talks about how God gave them up to the desires and their lusts. Thinking about God just giving someone up is a scary thought. This verse really hits home:

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

It says that these people who are practicing these things and do not repent and turn away will NOT inherit the kingdom of God. How scary is that?! It also says that we should not be deceived, meaning that it will be easy to believe that people who practice the things listed above WILL inherit the kingdom, so he warns us not to be deceived by that. 

Why would we celebrate the fact that our friends, family, neighbors, will be going to hell if they don't repent and turn from their sins? Why would we turn a blind, teared-up eye to their celebration? Why would we even go so far as to as to celebrate with them? There are festivals, days, months dedicated to sin now. Parades and parties where thousands gather in happiness and to encourage each other and continue to convince each other that what is being done is right and true and anyone who thinks otherwise is a horrible person. When we are at home crying for them and scared for their lives. 

I implore you to read this article, it really hits home what I am trying to say. Again, I implore you to read it humbly and with an open mind. Remember the disclaimer. This blog post isn't about hate, it is about fear and sorrow. It is a cry to cling to Christ. It is to remind us that it is ONLY THROUGH GOD that we can stop celebrating sin: 

"As Christians, we believe with deepest sincerity that the embrace of homosexual practice, along with other sins, keeps people out of the kingdom of God. And if our society celebrates it, we can’t both be caring and not say anything. Too much is at stake. This means it is an oversimplification to say that Christians — or conservative evangelicals — are simply against homosexuality"

Why Homosexuality Is Not Like Other Sins