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Then, in the hearing of all the people, He said to His disciples, “Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts, who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.” (Luke 20: 45-47)
Always fascinates me how the Lord faces sin. In the hearing of all the people, and that included the target of His words (the Scribes and Pharisees), He denounced their religious hypocrisy. The Pharisees loved to pray out loud, give charity to the poor in front of the crowd, to be recognized, popular and admired. “These”, said the Lord “will receive greater condemnation.”
How do you face sin? A memory comes to mind. In my extended family ran this idea that if any of our children misbehaved it was not because they were too spoiled, or were being disrespectful or disobedient. No, there weren’t unruly children in our families! The problem, most often pointed out by their grandparents, was that the children were tired, sleepy or hungry, but it was never their fault.
Are you familiar with this idea? If someone kills another person, the killer was not wicked; he was mentally disturbed. If someone commits adultery, he is not breaking God’s law, he just happened to have found true love! “We all make mistakes”, we say, when we could rightfully say, “we all are sinners.” The Bible tells us that those who call evil good, and good evil will suffer sorrow and distress, and that should be enough for keeping us away from the views of this world.(Isaiah 5: 20).
Jesus never covered the truth about our nature. Because He was God, He could see right through our good deeds, to the very intentions of our hearts. He can see why you do what you do. He can see the very reason of everything I do as well!
The Bible tells us that “there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” So, let’s live every day with a clear conscience before God.
Let’s call sin by what it is – sin, especially when it comes to us, or our children.
Let’s cultivate a vision about wickedness like the vision of our Lord, who denounced sin openly and unapologetic, and since we aren’t gods, let’s do it in a way that edifies and instructs those around us.
Constant exposure to sinful activities tends to numb our consciences, and we stop recognizing sin by what it is, not only in those around us, but in our own lives!
Make a practice to recognize sin in what you watch and hear through the media. You’ll be surprised to find out that before your favorite TV show comes to an end, you have seen each and every one of God’s commandments being broken! You probably won’t enjoy those shows so much after this, but that is okay; it is called sanctification, and it is a good thing.
“Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.” “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6: 17:18)
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