Today you should read: Deuteronomy 22:13-30
Sexual sin is something that is rampant in our day and age. People live together, hookup, and don’t think twice about it. We also see perversions happen in many different forms. These things have been around since the very beginning and continue to worsen. Sadly, in today’s world, not only are these practices acceptable but they are celebrated. People write songs and make movies based on these very things. Even in the church these things are happening, or at least are having an effect on people. We have become desensitized to it. In today’s passage, God is clear that not only are these things not acceptable, but they are downright abominable. When we accept these things God’s law required retribution, many times death. Now, I am not saying we round up everyone and kill them but we clearly have to change how we view these things. We have to understand a very important principle here:
The things that upset God should upset us
Sadly, there are many sins, not just sexual, that we just smirk at or totally miss because we are used to it. We need to be, as God’s word tells us, “Excellent at what is good and innocent of evil”. Now, we also have to balance this out with grace. People sin and mess up. We have to teach God’s truth and stand for what is right but we can’t be Bible-thumping mini-judges. Just as we stand on what God says about despising sin we are also to stand on what God says about loving others and giving grace and forgiving people. This is truth in love. For many of us we practice more of one than the other. We will either have “righteous” anger against sin but not be as willing to receive those in love who do the sinning or we just love everyone for who they are, basically ignoring habits, lifestyles, and sinful activities that they are involved in. We have to be balanced here. God judges sin, but He is the same God who sent Jesus to save those who do the sinning. That is the same heart we need to have.
Posted: Robbie Byrd