The discussion that took place after my post on Paris Hilton has really got me thinking.
If you read all the discussion on it from the comments section – you will see a bit of concern for Paris Hilton from Michael, Dave, Lance, and Donna. I understand this concern and love. More than that I admire it, encourage it, and practice it as often as I can.
However, I think that this discussion made me realize something. Actually, I think a lot of events as of late have made me realize something. Some of us have become so jaded by the spirit of judgmentalism in the church, that we have taken “love the sinner, hate the sin” to a new level. That “new level” is more “love the sinner, be indifferent about the sin.”
To put it more clearly, I think our focus has changed. Instead of our primary focus being on transformation – we tend to focus on stearing clear of judgmentalism at all costs. What we need is to understand the role of truth and conviction in transformation. Also we need to understand how judgmentalism hinders the process when abused.
I think we have become reactive. We (this postmodern generation) are reacting against a judgmental modern mindset. We aren’t without a point when we are critical of the modern mindset, but we can’t throw the baby out with the bath-water. Truth is needed in loving relationships.
The Real Question? The real question for me is “What brings about real transformation?”
The answer for me is truth and spirit. The truth? Evil is lurking around seeking to take residence in the hearts of men and women, boys and girls. It must be exposed. Exposed as unfulfilling. Exposed as unsatisfying. Exposed as a wretched way. Exposed as a lie. Exposed as Evil. It is the duty of the disciple to expose such evil – so that such evil isn’t entertained in the hearts of men and women, boys and girls. When such evil is entertained by the heart, it manifests itself in word and deed as a sin. Therein lies the difference between evil and sin.
The Christian hates sin. Sin comes from evil. Evil comes from Satan. Satan is God’s sworn enemy.
The Christian loves the sinner. The sinner comes from Good. Good comes from God. God is our sworn lover.
Let us not be indifferent about sin in order to not come across as judgmental. We should love people enough to say to them, “Hate what is evil in your life – and cling to what is good.” (Romans 12:9)
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” Eph. 8-11.
“Woe to those who call evil good.” (Isaiah 5:20)
“Avoid every kind of evil” (I Thess. 5:22)
– And above all –
“Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil, live as servants of God.” (I Pt. 2:16)