If a doctor told you that all you had to do was “one thing” and you would live forever, would you do it? The answer seems obvious – of course you would. But then again what type of life would you live after that? Would you become so obsessed with that “one thing” it became all you could think about – the absence of that “one thing” becoming all you are? Would you go about trying to convince everyone else how bad that one thing is for him/her (even when a doctor hadn’t issued a similar prescription) that we turn off all our friends. But what the heck, you’d live forever right? Wrong.
No one can guarantee life (at least in the earthly sense). There are too many uncertainties, too many unexpecteds. So why do we become so obsessed with trying to control and criticize others, especially those we love? Don’t some of us become so obsessed with perceived sin that we condemn others who fail to adhere to our unique standards. If you think this is not the case you haven’t been paying attention lately to the organized religions of most of the world.
I was taught that sin was a distance, a separation between an individual and God. Then why isn’t sin a matter between God and the individual?
Where am I going with this? Well, it’s just a thought, but it seems to me we spend way too much time on sin, and not enough time on helping people reconnect with God. We condemn wealth, instead of encouraging those who have it to use it in God’s service. We condemn the sinner, instead of helping the sinner sin no more. Bottom line we all have enough repairs to do on our own house, to worry about condemning someone else’s abode or life.
Just a thought.