I had to head to bed early last night as this is my first day at my new job! Therefore I didn’t get to finish commenting on yesterday’s blog – thanks for all your input I’ll try to catch up soon!
Christians have earned through hard knocks the distinct honor of being the fierce watchdogs of our society – barking, loudly, at any sign of sin or brokenness in the world. The church I grew up in featured weekly in-depth descriptions of all the bad things going on in the world, and lists were given of what (and who) was to be avoided. In his quest to avoid sin, it seems, the pastor dove head first into uncovering every single place it hid in our town, country and culture.
But I have to wonder – what is a Christian’s responsibility to sin? Is it our responsibility to call it out and make it known what it is? Is this what Jesus commissioned us to do?
If you’ve ever seen any rallies in support of homosexuals you’ve likely seen the group of Christians who believe it is their responsibility to tell the group of attendees that they are sinning. Though that’s on the more extreme side, it still tells us what we think our duty is – to call out sins of people who aren’t even Christians. To make them well aware that our God (and therefore by default, us as well) condemns what they do.
Is it our responsibility to call out sin, or is it for us to be there with open arms and warm blankets when sin has run it’s course?
This is nothing revolutionary – I think we have less a responsibility to condemn sin and more of an opportunity to offer rescue. Instead of being the grumpy, irritable people who always have an updated hit list we could be known for calling out the goodness and beauty we see in the world. We could be known for being the ones who are there to lift people from darkness to light. Unfortunately that’s not our reputation these days*.
It’s worth noting I’m not saying Christian never ever call sin a sin, butI do think we could be a bit more selective. I also think it’s worth calling out injustices, but even then we call them out so that there can be redemption and restoration.
What do you think a Christian’s responsibility to sin is? Have you seen people take it upon themselves to condemn everything and anything (and anyone)?
*By no means should we do something simply for our reputation, however our reputation is very telling and it showcases how well we’re embodying Jesus in this world.