I’ve been a Christian for as long as I can remember. I was raised in a Christian home. I went to church three times a week, attended a mission school, and dated only Christian girls, and even got a degree from a Christian university.
I was “born and raised” inside the Christian subculture, and since becoming an adult I’ve worked and been educated exclusively inside that same subculture. And I have to confess: it’s comfortable for me inside “the bubble”. I know the rule. I know the language. I know what’s expected of me. And I know what’s “sin” and what’s not. Or, maybe, I should say that I know what sins are acceptable within the subculture, and what sins are not.
Because of this, I feel particularly qualified to make the following statement—we Christian-types often take “sin” more seriously than we do grace and mercy.
Christians take sin seriously. So seriously, in fact, that many of us have instituted extra rules and regulations to govern our beliefs and behaviour, and to keep us from accidentally wandering into sin or associating with people who might lead us astray.
We set up expectations for where we go, what we consume, with whom we associate, for whom we vote, and what theological assertions are up for interpretation and which ones are not.
Most of these regulations are couched in terms of doctrinal purity, personal holiness, and Christ-like character. But I wonder … would Jesus take “sin” as seriously as we do?