Today I’m sharing an article I wrote that was just published on Crosswalk.com. You’ll find five thought-provoking areas where Christians tend to act in judgement against other Christians or see certain behaviors through a lens of Scriptural misunderstanding. This includes tough things like politics, sexual behaviors, “Christian liberties” and more. Remember, when it comes down to what one Christian does versus the choices another Christian might make, it’s not about who is right, but it’s about what is right- and the only source of truth in existence is the Word of God!
Below is an excerpt from my most recent article, “5 Things Christians Often Condemn and What the Bible Actually Says” that will give you Scriptural perspectives on areas that many Christians label as a “sin” – areas the Bible doesn’t specifically address and areas in which many struggle even after salvation.
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[Note: Below is the introduction to the article, per a publishing agreement with Crosswalk. To read the entire article, make sure to click on the Crosswalk.com link below!!]
By Alicia Purdy, Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer
At some point or another, every person in the world has looked at another person and drawn conclusions about them based only on what they’ve observed. It’s not bad. It’s human. As Christians, however, being “human” isn’t the point, being spiritual is.
Remember, you are not a natural being having spiritual experiences, you are a spiritual being experiencing the natural world. And the natural and the spiritual worlds will always conflict. No surprise there! But within the body of Christ, the conflicts run deep and wide over any number of things: Are spiritual gifts still in effect today? Should Christians ask Mary to pray for them? Are there still apostles? Did God predestine who would get saved or is salvation freely available to all who would choose it?
Remember, you are not a natural being having spiritual experiences, you are a spiritual being experiencing the natural world. And the natural and the spiritual worlds will always conflict.
If your desire is truly to see the Kingdom of God grow, you must love people as Jesus does. You must see them as He does. He is longsuffering to us all. Thank the Lord He has been patient with you and me in our own areas of struggle sin, as we all fight the flesh and run the race that is set before us!
When our differences, even in Biblical interpretation, become a point of condemnation, rather than conversation or conviction of the Holy Spirit, the enemy wins more ground in the battle to divide and conquer. It’s okay and even Scriptural to condemn sin in the body of Christ, but you need to be Scripturally accurate about what is sin, and what is not. That’s where many Christians fall short. It’s not who is right, it’s what is right: the Bible.
So, what does the Bible really say about things that many Christians often condemn?
“Is smoking a sin?”
“Is it sinful to get tattoos?
“How would Jesus vote?”
“Does God think it is wrong to drink alcohol?”
“What does God think about a Christian with same-sex attraction?”