Selective outrage - Hope 103.2

Selective outrage

By David ReayFriday 28 Feb 2014LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read James 2:10-11

10 For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws. 11 For the same God who said,”You must not commit adultery,” also said,”You must not murder.” So if you murder someone but do not commit adultery,you have still broken the law. (NLT)

Imagine two sheets of glass. One is shattered with jagged cracks over its surface. The other has a small fracture in one corner. Each is a broken sheet of glass. One may look worse than the other,but each is not as it should be. Such is James argument here.

Break one of God’s laws and you are a lawbreaker. Keep many of the obvious ones and yet breach the less obvious ones and you have still failed to keep God’s standards. While various sins have differing levels of consequence and thus are more serious on a human level,in the sight of God a sin is a sin is a sin.

With this in mind,it is well to beware of selective moral outrage where we come down like a ton of bricks on some sins and yet treat others lightly. If we ever find ourselves with a fixation against a certain sin,we are in dangerous territory. It may be an expression of our own prejudices or passions. We dare not pick and choose what matters to God and what does not. We dare not,for example,speak out against abortion and yet ignore childhood poverty. We dare not campaign against racial discrimination while accepting pornography: each demeans God’s creation.

All sin is serious in the eyes of God. Praise him that all sin has been dealt with by Jesus.

David Reay