WHERE IS YOUR FAITH?
A level of faith is required to justify any act from being a sin.
To put it in another way, what is considered a sin to one could be nothing of such to another depending on the level of faith.
Thus, one brother could consider hugging a sister a sin, seeing that the bible states one should flee from all appearances of fornication. Another however, could rightly justify doing so, stating that there are cases where such a woman may require comfort and consolation making her feel loved and appreciated.
One person might believe that viewing the opposite gender is a sin (except for one’s spouse) and cannot be justified in any shape or form. A person who finds himself in the medical profession however, will need to exercise faith that viewing such in the course of ones work is justified since one is learning. He will consider the fact that one may have to encounter a naked or sensitive parts of the human body in the course of ones job (like the young nurse who had to shave me when I required an appendectomy to bounce back on my feet again!)
In all cases, it is your faith that must convince your conscience that what you are doing is right and hence not a sin.
However, there are many around who seek to damage your faith by convincing you that many things previously considered right and acceptable are not. They seek to control your faith by continually convicting you of sin.
It could be the clothes you wear, the food you eat, the friends you have, the books you read or even the work you do. The question is where is your faith and what does your conscience say? For, as the apostle said, anything done against our conscience is a sin already.
It was the former role that the Scribes and Pharisees sought to play in the life of Jesus. They tried to use even the law and scriptures to convince him that he had erred and done something wrong. They reasoned among themselves that there is no way they could check Him or bring him under control if he justified everything he did, convincing himself he had not sinned. It is a similar life that most Great men of God live today, judging others but not being afraid to do things that others would dare not go near.
Of course there are some who will find it unacceptable that what they consider wrong, your faith justifies it as right. And it is not a matter of what the scriptures states per se but individual interpretation. For even in some cases the scripture itself differs on the same issue.
So while James said Christians should not eat meat offered unto idols Paul said eat any meat that you are offered as we serve only one God and recognise no idol. It is a matter of which of the instructions your faith accepts really! Paul even went further elsewhere to make it clear that there are certain things he would not do in the open to ensure it does not affect the conscience of another brother whose faith is less than his.
At this point, it is suffice to say that the level of sin consciousness that you allow in your life will, determine, the extent of your faith and, to which you can exercise your full potential. Faith and sin don’t mix. The two are inversely proportional related to each other. Therefore, a believer should increase his faith to decrease/reduce his sin!
As Jesus asked His disciples the crucial question today is ye little children, “where is your faith?”