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Let’s not politicize sin

By Todd Barrier

 In our society a lot of sin has been politicized. 

We won’t mention any specific sins in this article, but I’m sure you can come up with a few of this variety in your mind. 

When something becomes politicized, it seems to change our thinking on the subject a bit. We seem to be influenced by outside factors more. What this leads to is an acceptance of sin or even becoming an encourager of sin. 

Can you imagine that – a Christian encouraging or supporting sin? I’m not describing someone who is not a Christian, but some of us who are children of His, supporting what He has called unrighteous. 

This is the kind of thing that happens when we want to politicize instead of live righteous lives. 

You will often hear the phrase “a sin is a sin” or “there are no big sins or little sins.” Brothers and sisters, these phrases simply aren’t true. There are sins worse than other sins; they are called unrepentant sins. 

The Bible, from the beginning of the church (Acts 2), has taught us to repent of sins. If we encourage others to live in sin or teach that “because we are all sinners it’s OK,” we have sent someone down a dead-end road as far as eternity is concerned. 

We often use the term “We are all sinners” as a crutch. While not perfect, we are called to avoid sin at all costs. 

In Romans 6, starting in verse 1, the Bible says this: “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

We avoid sin and teach that all should avoid sin. It’s not judging; it’s living a lifestyle that is acceptable to God. 

How can we repent if we accept something as “OK,” especially within the church? Unrepentant sin leads to a separation from God for all of eternity. 

So let’s not politicize sin; let’s recognize it for what it is and not lead others toward it by accepting it on worldly terms. 

We look forward to seeing you Sunday!

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