Continuing our look at Mark Sandlin’s post on patheos.com, in his blog, “The God Article”. I’ve addressed numbers 10-7 here and here, so today, we’re going to look at numbers 5 and 6, continuing in his “top 10”-style countdown.
6) I must be living right.
Have you ever been riding in a car when the driver pulls into a parking space right in front of the store and proclaims, “I must be living right!”?
Sure, they are half joking but keep in mind it’s only half joking. Statements like this have their roots in that nasty “everything happens for a reason” thinking.
These are the same folks who ask God to help them win sporting events. I hate to burst the bubble but God doesn’t care which team wins or how close to the store entrance you get to park your car.
Plus, go back to #7. When you say things like this, what are you saying about the folks who had to park in that very last spot next to the shopping cart return where the car doors get all dinged up? and for that matter, if you are “living right,” why didn’t you take that spot and leave the one up front for someone else?
Well, I completely agree with this one, as far as the saying goes. It’s just one of those sayings that begs the question. Nothing to really disagree with that I haven’t already dealt with in the previous post.
5) Love the sinner, hate the sin.
The problem I have with this one is the comma. It should be a period.
After further thought, I have a problem with the comma, everything that comes after it and “the sinner.”
Who am I (and who are you) to be deciding for someone else what is getting between them and God? I’m all for doing it in regard to our own lives but in someone else’s life? Hands off. Who do we think we are? God?
Now that I think about it, the problem I have with this one is that there’s not a period after love.
This is a popular saying that really has no basis in Scripture; but, it’s not necessarily one of those sayings that seems devoid of Scriptural support for the attitude that drives it. But, that still doesn’t absolve Pastor Sandlin of a serious Scriptural error.
(…)all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God(…) Romans 3:23 ESV
Scripture says that everyone is a sinner, we were conceived in sin (Psalm 51:5) as a result of the fall (Genesis 3). The very Psalm that proclaims our sinful state, gives us a very powerful saying that we ought to hear:
I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you. (Psalm 51:13 ESV)
Everything about sin, which is what we ought to be opposed to because it separates people from the God who made them, is deceptive, and deadly in its deception.
For sin… deceived me and through (the law) killed me. (Romans 7:11 ESV)
If the question is, which is what he seems to be begging, how can we define what is sin? The answer is very simple: the Bible, God’s inspired word. That is the means by which we have to define what sin is, not that we are defining it, but God has defined it. Further, it is not us deciding for them, as if that is something that we could really do, but showing them, which is truly the loving thing to do.
Okay, that’s all that I can stand for now. Next time, numbers 3 and 4.