That is an accusation that has recently been leveled at me about my stance on someone’s post on Facebook. That’s okay, normally when I see or hear that phrase it means that the person has a set opinion and nothing you can say or do is going to make them look beyond their current horizon.
I write the Senses Novels from a variety of perspectives, but there is still an overriding flow that follows Christian values. Some see Christianity as a set of restrictions whereas I see it as liberating. Usually, those that have a problem with Christianity believe that what they do or have been doing has nothing to do with sin. That is because most don’t understand what sin means.
In its most basic form sin means ‘rebellion against God.’ Our society has equated sin with being a bad person. That is why when someone who is not a Christian is called a sinner, they immediately say that they are a good person. I have no doubt that, in human terms, this may be true. The problem is, sin wasn’t meant to be viewed in human terms. It’s why I adhere to the philosophy of ‘hate the sin, love the sinner.’
I freely admit that I have friends who are homosexual, what you would think of as criminals and atheists. Jesus associated with sinners too. In fact, that is precisely why he came to us in the first place. If all you hang around are other Christians, exactly what are you doing for the Kingdom of God?
In the books, I present a variety of ‘sinners,’ including some of the heroes. They all eventually seem to come around, but no one really starts out as a believer, recognizing that they are a sinner and asking for their sins to be forgiven. To my knowledge, there has only been one sinless person in His-story.
If you don’t believe in God, that’s okay, He hasn’t given up on you. If you think that you are too far gone in sin to ever have a hope of being forgiven, you are wrong, that is His sole (soul?) purpose for Being.
One of the problems with this blog is that it tends to be read primarily by Christians. That’s okay, and I appreciate you reading, but I would also ask that you share with your non-Christian friends. The idea is to keep exposing them to God’s love.
We live in very troubled times. We are surrounded by real evil and people who don’t even know that what they do is sin. I’m a sinner too. I have to ask Him to forgive me ALL the time. It’s in our nature. I have this picture of Jesus just smiling and shaking His head every time I ask, then forgiving me and telling me to go out and try again.
I hope you are having a great weekend. Don’t let the news outlets get you down, there is Good News just waiting for you to accept.