We live in turbulent times. Wars, disasters, crime, tensions and disease abound. Every day we are shocked to hear of a new horrific tragedy and scandalized again when someone’s “secrets” come to light.
My question to Christians: Why are we so surprised? Why are we so horrified? We all sin. How much more do the unsaved sin willingly? They are; in fact, dead. (spiritually dead)
As we once were.
” And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.”
(Ephesians 2:1-3 ESV, italics mine)
I am not trying to be callous or suggest that we become insensitive or uncaring towards sin, but perhaps we should not focus on people’s sin any more. Sinners sin. It’s what we do- and will continue to do willingly- until we are saved. Perhaps we should focus instead on praying for other’s salvation -and on not become an open grave ourselves. (Matthew 23:27)
Let us remember that God rescued us when we could not reach Him.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
(Ephesians 2:4-7 ESV, emphasis mine)
Further reading: Ephesians 2