The world professes slogans like why can’t we all just get along? or make love, not war. Yet the issue is that when these questions and slogans are put before truth, it is rejected. We all don’t get along because we have rejected Christ. If we all were to turn back to Christ…then we would get along. Also, the world does not know what real love is:
See what [an incredible] quality of love the Father has given (shown, bestowed on) us, that we should [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! The reason that the world does not know (recognize, acknowledge) us is that it does not know (recognize, acknowledge) Him. –1 John 3:1 AMP
Since the world doesn’t recognize God anymore (without the Holy Spirit) then how can we make love?
The world makes countless excuses and provisions for sin because of a lack of understanding of the consequences. To one extent, how can we blame others for making excuses when they no longer recognize their creator? Instead shouldn’t we be introducing them to Christ?
For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and through the things that have been made (His handiworks). So [men] are without excuse [altogether without any defense or justification],
Because when they knew and recognized Him as God, they did not honor and glorify Him as God or give Him thanks. But instead they became futile and godless in their thinking [with vain imaginings, foolish reasoning, and stupid speculations] and their senseless minds were darkened. -Romans 1:20-21 AMP
Even when Christ was on earth, face to face with His people…they still rejected Him.
This is a willful rejection, not a blind one. Scripture clearly states that the attributes of God have been made clear and discernible through all of creation and that we are without excuse.
Sin leads to death and it doesn’t matter whether it is “small or great” in our eyes. All sin is rebellion and rejection of God and the consequences are death. As Christians we should not be making excuses for sin but instead making “excuses” for more ways to love others and introduce them Christ.
Accepting a person and accepting sin are two different things. Accepting a person where they are is part of an act of love. Accepting a person’s sins is not love. In fact, it is the opposite of love. This does not mean that WE are supposed to fix their sins, but we are supposed to remove ourselves from sin (taking the log out of our own eye) so that we can be gentle, steady, and precise when we are helping to remove a splinter from someone else’s eye.
It’s not that the splinter is a smaller sin or that it is any less painful than our own sin…it is that we need to remove obstacles from our own walks with Christ before we can perform a very precise surgical procedure. Sin still needs to be done away with and people are so quick to call that judgment…but the alternative to doing away with sin…is much worse. No one need to face the wrath of God and the complete separation from Him for all eternity…no matter how poorly we think of them.
So let’s stop making excuses for sin and start finding reasons and excuses to show Christ’s love.