There seems to be three methods to creating a sinless society. Each method is distinct and it is up to each individual to decide which is best.
The World’s Method
The world’s method is to erase sin. If there is no sin, then society is sinless. Everything is alright and nothing is wrong, since all things are relative and no one has the right to say what is wrong for someone else. Guilt is ignored.
Religion’s method is to work to overcome sin. People are burdened to work harder, try more, and give more in atonement for their sins. Guilt is multiplied.
Christ’s method is to cleanse us of our sins. Christ takes responsibility for our sins and pays the price. All guilt is removed.
This topic has been on my mind for quite some time, since there are people that I care about that are gay. I have avoided talking about it, because I don’t care much for politics. The majority of Christians have long stood against gay marriage. My question is this: should we take a stand against gay marriage in society?
When homosexuals are denied marriage, they are forced to have sex outside of marriage. What does this achieve for Christ, accept bitterness towards Him. In addition, sin is multiplied. Instead of one sin, homosexuality, there are two sins, homosexuality and fornication.
Should Christians require people who don’t believe in Christ to follow the Law of God, which Christian’s themselves are no longer under. Will following rules lead to faith in Christ? Christ has come and fulfilled the Law. We should not force people to follow it. Instead, we should testify to the riches and wonders that are in Christ. We should give them the opportunity to surrender their homosexuality to Christ, and live a new life through Him.
Christians should not practice homosexuality, because it is not of Christ. In God’s eyes, there is one Husband and one Wife. Marriage was created to show the relationship between Christ and His Bride, the Church. A marriage between same-sex individuals does not show the glorious relationship between Christ and His Church.
Lastly, homosexuality has proven to be a stumbling stone for many Christians. If you accept homosexuality as part of the freedom that is in Christ, then you should lay it down for the sake of your brothers and sisters in Christ. It is a stumbling stone that causes many children of God to stumble. Do you love the other members of the Body of Christ, in a such a way that you are willing to give up your homosexual life for their sakes?
So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.
(Jas 3:5-6 ESV)
Too many Christians let their tongues run amok. Under the guise of caring, gossip is spread. People make jokes at the expense of others. Our words carry a lot of weight. We should always take what we say seriously. We should be careful before we talk about another person. We must check our hearts and ensure that we are truly speaking out of love. Are we speaking with malice? Does that person want us speaking about him or her? Does the person we are speaking to have the right to know another person’s private life? Do we actually need to speak about another person’s circumstances?
The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
(Mat 12:35-37 ESV)
If your treasure is in Jesus, Jesus is what you will talk about. We must surrender our words to God. Everyday we should pray that God’s Spirit will lead our tongues to say only what He wants us to say. Let’s speak often of the greatness of Jesus, and the love with which He has filled our hearts.
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
(1Jn 1:8-10 ESV)
These verses address two problems. If a Christian claims that they don’t have a sin nature, why would he or she need a savior? We are deceiving ourselves if we think we are without sin. Second, if we do something that is a sin, and say that its not a sin, we are calling God a liar. Both of these actions are rejections of God’s Spirit. The Spirit convicts us of the evil inside us and brings our sins to light.
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
(1Jn 2:1 ESV)
Note that, sinning itself, does not necessarily disqualify you from God’s kingdom. Jesus, Himself, is the advocate for those who are in Him. But, if you say that you don’t have sin, then there can’t be forgiveness for you. Let’s confess all of our sins to God, and pray that He keeps us from anymore sins.