Contradiction, “a difference or disagreement between two things which means that BOTH cannot be true”, Merriam-Webster, Encyclopedia Britannica. What a perfect illustration of a secular lifestyle and a Christian lifestyle, right? If contradiction is present in a person or in a government, then there is an incongruous aspect to the character of that person or government. Nothing to me is more unsettling than seeing someone who calls themselves Christian yet exhibits the total opposite of Christianity.
Through self-evaluation, I can make certain whether I am walking straight or with a sidewinding influence. It’s this sidewinding influence I wish to address because it is the walk that can either help others to Christ or send myself and others straight to hell! The world is full of grey areas, and the Christian unfortunately, can fall in too.
I’ve heard other Christians say that it is not their place to tell a sinner that they are wrong (specifically, homosexuals) but we are to have unconditional love for everyone. How can we bring others to Christ if we don’t give the WHOLE truth? I totally agree with unconditional love Jesus taught. However, he also taught through unconditional love, we are to teach and correct with the truth. Who as a parent, would intentionally leave out information from their child to save their child’s feelings but because they left out some vital information, that child ends up losing their life? Is that TRUE love? No.
What makes sexual immorality so destructive, and why do some Christians avoid speaking the truth regarding homosexuals? The bible is very clear about sin and leaves no room for interpretation. I honestly don’t know why Christians would avoid speaking the full truth, unless maybe they think if they just tell them a little to peak their interest, they’ll find out on their own that homosexuality is wrong. I do know, how controversial this topic is; maybe that’s why some Christians avoid speaking on this hot topic.
In 1Corinthians 6:9-11. “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the SEXUALLY IMMORAL nor IDOLATERS nor ADULTERERS nor MALE PROSTITUTES nor HOMOSEXUAL OFFENDERS nor THIEVES nor the GREEDY nor DRUNKARDS nor SLANDERERS nor SWINDLERS will inherit the kingdom of God.”… (Here’s the hope)! “And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”(NIV) These sins are all equal in God’s eyes but there is one particular that goes against the very structure of our relationship with our Lord!
Let us look at each sin listed from Corinthians.
IDOLATERS, back in the biblical times this was referring to statues MADE by men that were worshipped and held in high esteem. Their lives REVOLVED around it! Today, “the idol” is the same but appears differently. “Progress” has moved us forward in technology, but has repelled us backwards and away from God! Today’s idols are also MADE by man which are money, entertainment, material things, popularity, anything that preoccupies ones’ mind. (Not a crime).
THIEVES, a person who steals another’s property. (Considered still a crime in the United States’ judicial system).
GREEDY, a character flaw that has an intense and selfish desire for something. It does not always relate to money. (Not punishable by manmade laws unless the greed moves one to do unlawful things).
DRUNKARDS, a person who is constantly drunk; having disturbing behavior and is mentally function impaired due to alcohol. (Buying and consuming alcohol is legal in America but public disorderly conduct is prohibited).
SLANDERERS, someone who creates false statements about another, lies. (Only a crime If proven a law has been violated).
SWINDLERS, people who cheat another person or business for their own gain. (Also, a crime If proven a law has been violated).
SEXUALLY IMMORAL, ADULTERERS, MALE PROSTITUTES, HOMOSEXUALS, these are all sins committed with a person’s body. (Sexual immorality through adultery and prostitution while illegal in the United States, the law tends to look the other way).
HOMOSEXUALS, by now most everyone knows what this lifestyle is about. It’s having sexual relations with the same sex as yourself. (Not Illegal).
The reason sexual immorality is so condemning is because it is a sin against the very temple of God. “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are OUTSIDE his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” 1Corinthians 6:18-20 (NIV). Through sexual immorality, the other combining sins become interconnected. Idolatry presents itself when an individual becomes consumed with lust which leads to becoming a thief because now the sinner has stolen another’s spouse away and possibly torn a family apart. When a sexually immoral person is living this lifestyle, their desires becomes selfish desires and so, that person is now guilty of greed. The wickedness then becomes like a drunkard because now the habit has led to disturbing behavior that impairs good judgment. Living in guilt will cause the sexually immoral to become a slanderer because they are now lying to themselves and others. Lying will lead to becoming a swindler because in order to lie, you are cheating on the person you are lying to.
…Which brings us back to “a walking contradiction”. If I am to live a Christian life, I cannot intentionally withhold any of God’s word to save feelings, nor am I aloud to live a doubled-life that contradicts the very impact of being a Christian. So which is true, the secular lifestyle or the Christian lifestyle? Contradiction, “a difference or disagreement between two things which means that BOTH cannot be true.” The only one who can answer this question is yourself but God will have the final say.