Aug 22, 2017
I grew up hearing this phrase a lot in church world: “Love the sinner, but hate the sin.”
The problem with that statement is two-fold:
First, sin doesn’t exist apart from sinners. That is, it takes a person actually DOING something in order for sin to occur.
Second, everything we do happens as an overflow of who we are. Whereas we tend to look at actions, those actions are simply symptoms of an internal reality.
Just like a tree and its fruit. It’s not the fruit that makes the tree; it’s the tree that makes the fruit, right?
That said, we know that people DO change. They’re transformed. That’s the basic message of the Gospel- the truth that God does something so radical in is that it transforms us from who we were into who we’re designed to be.
And, once we get hold of that message… that it’s not just our actions that change (i.e., Christianity isn’t a moral system whereby people get a list of things to do and things not to do) but it’s US- it’s WE- who change…
And, once we see that this transformation happens easily, naturally… as naturally as light overpowering dark…
Well… then we see + sense + feel who we REALLY are.
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