I Don’t

A “meme” that has been going around the Internet for a few years can be summed up as “Don’t judge me because I sin differently than you do.” The idea being, presumably, that if we call a particular behavior a sin we are being hypocritical because we ourselves are sinners. After all, Jesus warned against hypocritical judgment when he told us to take the plank out of our eye before we try to take the splinter out of our brother’s eye.

We are commanded by him to judge with righteous judgment. Calling sin sin is righteous judgment. Telling your brother that his sin will condemn him to hell is not hateful, it is loving. It is unloving if you fail to warn him of the wrath to come. It is far better to offend his sensibilities than to allow him to fall into the lake of fire.

“Don’t judge me because I sin differently than you do.” I don’t judge you for that, but rather because you twist the word of God to justify your lack of repentance. The disciples once had a conversation with Jesus about a group of men who had a tower collapse on them. Jesus’ response wasn’t that they were more evil than others, but he did conclude it by saying that “unless you repent you shall all likewise perish.”

My sins are forgiven because of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. I have repented of my sin and accepted the free gift of his grace through faith. If you subscribe to this “meme” I urge you to do the same, for unless you repent you shall all likewise perish.”

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