Just Hiding you Sin?

I have said before that often Christians just seem to hide their sin better than non-Christians. It is not that they sin less, they just know that they’re behaviour is not acceptable in Christian circles so they hide it. In the youth group I worked with last year most of the couples that had been dating more than a month were sleeping together. They talked to their leaders about it, but they hide it better than non-Christians.

Now in non-Christian circles teenagers sleeping together is not a big deal. Their parents may care, but they may not. Among their peers however it is almost a rite of passage. They don’t bother hiding it but brag about it. While it is not acceptable to brag about it in Christian circles it still happens they just hide it.

Just as many Christian men struggle with pornography as view it outside of the church. Again it is not acceptable in the church but perfectly acceptable outside of the church. One of the men that I work with regularly talks about viewing porn and sleeping with at least one new woman a week. Now he is not a Christian but I also know that some of his friends, who do the same things at the same parties, are Christians and some attend my church.

Gossip, as I dicussed in a previous post, is almost seen as a spiritual gift instead of being shunned by Christians. We just, sometimes, don’t get as outright mean with it. We hide it in just wanting to get advice to ‘help’ our friend.

Christians are often very two faced. We teach Sunday School on Sunday and then we go out and live a very poor Christian life. To those people Rob Bell says it best:

“A problem developed in the parking lot because people were losing their tempers when they had to wait so long to exit. I heard several stories of harsh words being exchanged and people giving each other the finger. So I stood one Sunday and said, ‘If you are here and you aren’t a Christian, we are thrilled to have you in our midst. We want you to feel right at home. But if you are here and you’re a Christian and you can’t even be a Christian in the parking lot please don’t go out into the world and tell people you are a Christian. You’ll screw it up for the rest of us. And by the way, we could use your seat.” Bell 101

So that goes for each of you. If you can’t be a Christian at work, home, with your friends then don’t call yourself one your going to ruin it for those Christians that can be Christ like. We don’t need any more bad press.

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~ by curtismchale on December 11, 2007.

4 Responses to “Just Hiding you Sin?”

  1. Good points, all. It isso easy to get caught up in sins and hide them from others. The Bible gives us clear guidelines to follow when we Christians sin; we ought to follow them.

  2. By the way, I must confess that I have been guilty of hiding some pretty serious sin. Through God’s grace I eventually dealt with it. May I do so more quickly if I ever need to again.

    Now, if I can deal better with the “little” sins I commit all the time!!!!! Holy Spirit, help me.

  3. Very good points. My own opinion is that many people tend to hold Christians up to a higher standard. “You call yourself a Christian and yet there you go flipping someone off, gossiping, lying, cheating, hating, etc” Well, Christians are still people, and, as such are imperfect and subject to doing all of the “sinning” that anyone else would do. It is a shame that there is so much “shame” in the church. The pastor of my church really emphasizes the need to come clean to God, and even though it is really difficult, to come clean to another person as well. It is kinda like getting up in front of an AA meeting. Once you say out loud that you are an alcoholic, you are able to move forward and get help.

  4. Lori:

    Don’t you think that Christians should be held to a higher standard. I mean we are all righteous about others short comings while overlooking our own. I think we need to hold ourselves to a higher standard.

    The act of confessing to someone else as well is an amazaing freeing time. Like a weight lifted off your shoulders.

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