When I read Can there be a truce between Conservative America and The LGBT community? A House Divided against itself cannot stand., I started thinking about this post. The writer, phadde2, is not a fool or naive. Like the rest of us, he just doesn’t appreciate the awfulness of sin. Consider how his post begins.
It is a great luxury to be able to have an apathetic view on a social issue that perplexes our great nation, being raised in a traditional Roman Catholic family it was commonly taught that homosexuality is a sin, and perhaps those teachings are or were correct, but does it matter? (continued here)
Why Does Sin Matter?
Usually, when we think of evil, we do not think of sin. We think of torture chambers, massacres, serial murderers, rapists, and the various things we call heinous crimes. God seems to have a different appreciation of evil. Whereas we concern ourselves more with the obvious harm an evil person may do to us, God considers the heart.
Luke 6:45 New King James Version (NKJV)
45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
And when we do evil, God calls that sin, not a mere social issue.
God hates sin.
Proverbs 6:16-19 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
17 A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
19 A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.
Which sin leads the pack? That sin is pride. That’s the sin that led Lucifer (Satan) to rebel against God (Isaiah 14:12-15). That’s the sin that led Adam and Eve to disobey God (Genesis 3). And that’s the sin that leads us to worship idols instead of God (Romans 1:18-32).
Because of pride, those God gave the prophecies of Christ’s coming had no idea what to expect. Until Jesus finally helped them to understand their lack of humility, even Jesus’ apostles found his death on the cross inexplicable. Instead, they did what we would have done. They expected Jesus to become a conquering messiah, one who would drive the Romans from the Holy Land.
Yet God had told the Jews — given them the Old Testament and numerous prophets — how much He hated sin. Even though Moses had taught the Jews how to sacrifice the blood of animals for their sins — and the Jews sacrificed huge numbers of animals — they still expected a conquering King. Because of pride, they would not accept the Lamb of God as their messiah.
And we are not any different from the Jews. Even though we have four Gospels that tell of the awful sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf, we still want to believe our sins are just not that important. So we celebrate Christmas and Santa Claus and barely note the passage of Good Friday and Easter.
Yet Hell exists! God turns His face from those whose sins are unrepented and unforgiven. So we need a redeemer, Christ Jesus, someone who would and could pay the price of our redemption and gain forgiveness for our sins.
Philippians 2:5-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Therefore, the Christian faith is about an act of sacrificial love and obedience we reject with every ounce of pride.
To be continued. What is in Part 2? In the second part, we will consider the consequences of apathy towards sin. We have tried it, and it does not work.