I have a friend who is a youth pastor now in Florida. He used to do a wonderfully disgusting illustration of sin for his high school and middle school kids. He brought in a pan of brownies that all the kids immediately wanted and asked, “How many of you would still want these if I told you I baked these with a little poop in them?” Thankfully all the kids turned them down. The idea was simple, it doesn’t mater if it is a little or a lot, the brownies are ruined and no one wants them. This simple idea expressed a theological idea that I see people still struggle with today. It doesn’t matter if it is a little sin or a lot, the brownies are ruined.
It makes me sad to see some pastors and congregations bash on sins that they don’t struggle with and ignore their own sins. So many churches talk about the sin of homosexuality but lightly gloss over the section of giving to the poor. Churches ostracize the adulterers but don’t look too much into love your neighbor. Am I writing this blog to give a free pass to certain sins? No. I am writing this blog to show how us humans often stack our sin. Meaning we compare it to others and say, “Well my struggle isn’t as bad as his or hers”. In Luke the Pharisee say’s, “Thank you God that I am not like this tax collector”, while the tax collector beats his chest in humility and says, “Forgive me Lord, a sinner.”
Let us as a church be more humble and see sin as sin. Because it doesn’t matter if it is a little or a lot, it ruins the whole batch.
Do you see Christians today stacking sin? Or do you disagree and think we are becoming more humble?