If you had to guess as to what sin Christians ignore what would you say it is?
There are lots of sins. Christians have often elevated some sins above others. In the 80′s divorce was the equivalent of having the bubonic plague. In the 2000′s homosexuality was the hot topic sin of the times.
There is a sin that I think has done way more damage than a divorced homosexual with a bunch of bubons on their face.
It’s a sin that seems to be ignored.
The Church is so concerned with major sins, correct theology, and the devil but seems to have ignored a major issue. I’m talking HUGE. Gigantor.
“Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned.” Titus 3:10-11
That’s not the only verse.
“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky” Philippians 2:14-15.
Or try this one on for size.
The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21
In that list Christians would highlight sexual immorality, impurity, Harry Potter, orgies, and drunkenness, as major sins. You’ve probably heard many a sermons on it. And yet somehow the church ignores the other words in this verse. You know words like… DISCORD, DISSENSIONS, FACTIONS and the like.
A negative divisive person can do more harm in a church than any other major sin you can think of. Negativity breeds negativity. It’s a cancer.
In fact Satan goes on vacation when Christians allow the sin of negativity to live in the church. In other words Satan doesn’t have to do any work when Christians go negative. Negative Christians do his work for him.
One negative word turns to thousands of negative thoughts. Negative thoughts spread to more negative words.
It’s such a major issue that Paul told us to have nothing to do with divisive people. Negative people can’t shine for God. Christians are supposed to shine.
It’s so easy to focus on the BIG sins of others while having a blind eye to our own. When it comes to grumbling, complaining, and discord it’s as if most Christians have plucked out their eyes.
Discord is a sign of either not knowing Jesus or clear unrepentant sin.
Now this doesn’t mean that we can never offer constructive criticism. This doesn’t mean that we can’t challenge each other. That type of conversation can be healthy.
It’s the behind the back, behind the keyboard, behind the veil of pride that causes so much harm.
When it comes to negativity most people don’t really want an answer. If they did they would go to someone who could do something about the problem. The church negativity that I’ve seen over and over again has nothing to do with problem solving. It has to do with finding people who will agree with you.
It’s the sin that Christians ignore.
Have you seen negativity in the church? What’s the cure for being negative? What sin did you think this post was about?