Do you rank sin or do you think sin is sin? If we’re honest with ourselves, we like to think our sin isn’t as bad as someone else’s sin. Even non-believers will do this. I recently heard someone respond to the question, “Are you a good person?” by saying, “Well, I’m not a rapist or a murderer if that’s what you mean.”
We like to think of sin as being on a sliding scale and we want to justify our sin as not being as bad as someone else’s. We look at sin as a scientist looks at test tubes full of fluids. One is greater than another.
When God looks at sin, He sees sin. Period. One isn’t greater than another. He sees the test tubes from above. They all contain something. God clearly states that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” [Romans 3:23]. If you read the Ten Commandments, you see He doesn’t state number four is worse than number eight [Exodus 20:1-18]. They’re all bad. The Lord detests sin, all sin. He gives ten examples of things He detests in Proverbs alone [Proverbs 3:32, 11:20, 12:22, 15:8, 9, 26, 16:5, 17:15, 20:10, 23]. Lying nailed Jesus to the cross just as much as murder, rape, or child abuse.
Have you told a lie or stretched the truth in the past twenty-four hours? All sin counts. It all separates us from God, not matter what we’ve done. Thank God for grace. It is only through God’s grace we’re saved [Ephesians 2:5, 8]. We need to stop judging others just because they sin differently from us. We’re called to be agents of grace. Matthew 10:8 says, “Freely you have received, freely give.”
Who around you needs to receive grace today? Who needs the love of Jesus? Is it the girl dressed a little skimpy in your math class? Is it the man who makes shady business decisions in your office? Maybe it’s the non-believer you’ve crossed paths with whose language would make a sailor blush. Or the sales clerk who was less than friendly when you came to the register to make your purchases. You have the opportunity before you to be Jesus with skin on to someone hurting. What will you choose to do? Will you choose to offer grace and love or judgment?