|Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Changing the tone of the conversation”
Our Bible verse for today: “Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and look, there’s a log in your eye? Hypocrite! First take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:3-5 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Consider your own sin”
In my soon-to-be-released new book “Getting Along without Going Along”, I point out that one of the reasons Christians sometimes allow the tone of their speech to get harsh and disrespectful is that we focus too much on the other person’s sins and not enough on our own sin. A good example is in how we often think and talk about homosexuality.
The Bible is clear in its teaching about homosexual behavior – God prohibits it. However, although we often treat homosexuality as if it is in some special category of sin, God does not. In the passages which specifically mention homosexual behavior, the Bible refers to it right along with a host of other sins. In Leviticus Moses lists it right along with a wide variety of other types of sexual sin. Paul lists it along with idolatry, adultery, greed, murder, envy, stealing, drunkenness, disrespecting parents, profanity and more.
I’m not minimizing the seriousness of homosexuality. My goal is to simply address it Biblically, and that means fairly and accurately. We must be careful to approach the issue exactly the way God does, in the same context He does. Remember, although homosexuality might not be your sin, yours is listed right along with it.
If there was a meeting of the “Sinners Club” you and I would both be charter members. There would be a seat reserved for you right between the greedy businessman and the homosexual. Seated in front of you would be a lesbian couple and next to them would be the unrepentant glutton. You and I would fit right in and we would discover that to God all sin is offensive. We are all sinners in need of grace and transformation.
The reason the sin of homosexuality gets so much attention from Christians today is because it’s one of the only sins which has a highly organized, well-funded, very motivated advocacy group promoting it as a good thing and lobbying for its acceptance. Because it is clearly identified in the Bible as being sin, and because the advocacy groups are working so hard to force our society to recognize and accept it as right and good, we as Christians have to be equally motivated to stand for and promote the Biblical truth about it. However, that does not change the fact that you and I are also guilty of our own sins. Jesus illustrated this beautifully in the passage from Matthew 7:3-5 which I cited above, and which comes from the Sermon on the Mount.
Yes we do have to advocate for truth. But we must do so with a great deal of humility as we remember that we too are sinners saved by grace.