You Non-Christians Are All Guilty! And We're Going to do Something About it.

In Psalm 32:5 David says, “Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.”  NLT  

We Christians often talk about “The Guilt of Sin,” and are quick to declare others guilty.  The church has the propensity to apply ethics to people outside of itself rather than itself, and, in many cases before itself.  Declaring other people guilty requires judging.  But, Jesus said we shouldn’t judge others, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

Peter the Apostle tells Christians in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, to “Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world..”  

So far, it seems that a Christian’s response to others “wrong doing” if you will, is passive.  We shouldn’t judge others, and we should live lives that demonstrate our own convictions so that we are not judged to be wrong by others.

Finally, Paul the Apostle, in speaking to the church of in Corinth, together with all the saints throughout southern part of Greece, said, “For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.”  It’s almost as if Paul is saying “leave others be, God will sort it all out in the end.”  Admittedly this is only part of the story.  In the next series of posts I hope to explore this concept of judging others, what the role of the church is to itself, and to those outside of it regarding guilt, sin, and the gospel.  For now, a few questions:

Should the church seek to impose its ethics and morality on those outside of it?  For example, Through Political Legislation.

Is it possible to tell another person that they’re guilty without judging them?

Isn’t there a natural or common law to all of human kind apart from any religious influence? 

The Second post in this series will be titled:

“Jesus says “Repent & Believe.”  We say, “Hey! What You’re Doing is Wrong, and…”

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0 thoughts on “You Non-Christians Are All Guilty! And We're Going to do Something About it.

  1. Laurie Norris says:

    Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”

    Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
    “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
    Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

  2. No your church should not be involved in legislating laws any more than mine should. We as humans seeking a common goal of survival and prosperity is all we need to bring to the door of legislative halls.

    Declaring some one guilty of what? That’s pretty important to distinguish.

    Yes there is a common morality not derived from religiosity, the welfare of sentient beings. What causes harm and suffering to living creatures is ethically immoral. It may not always be avoidable, but with skill and understanding we can balance what moral imperatives are and how to achieve them.

    • Miguel says:

      Limber Mind, thanks for the first time comment.

      I understand what you’re saying. I think though, when you said, “your church should not be involved in legislating laws any more than mine should,” it almost sets up criteria or or qualifications and distinctions for participating in legislature. I would have been more comfortable with saying that no churches should participate in legislation or all churches should participate in legislation.

      But, when I use the word “church” I am equating it with the body of Christ. In other words, all of those who are Christian. In a government by the people and for the people, the people are the legislature. We certainly can not exclude any faith group because they are protecting their interests, survival, or as you say, “prosperity.”

      What are unbelievers guilty of? Simple answer, unbelief. I will get into greater detail in the next post.

      I like that you opened up the can of worms regarding “what harms others.” People are always saying that their particular vice doesn’t harm anyone else, but it’s rarely true. All people should be able to partake in political legislation in a free society. To say that any one group amongst the people shouldn’t is, as you say, ethically immoral itself. Isn’t it?

  3. Mickey says:

    So how does a Christian support laws that are based on religious teachings (such as gambling, alcohol consumption) without taking into account verses that specifically say that the sin is between God and sinner? Is it a church’s place to push for laws (like banning gay marriage) when Paul makes it very clear that our role is to testify to the truth, not to force unbelievers to live it?

  4. Miguel says:

    Mickey,

    It’s one thing to support existing laws which were made by representatives of all people, and another to try to make new laws which prevent others from doing things they don’t they don’t like. I would propose that there are no laws based on religious teachings. Laws are based, in the United States, at least, on constitutionality and democratic majority vote. If that’s true, then getting that majority vote is of primary concern. Would you exclude anyone from that process? On what grounds?

    Sin, personal sin, is between the sinner and God. But when it’s public or corporate (affecting another person) then the state or government has to step in. If I am part of the state or government, regardless of my faith, then my job should be to support and defend the constitution and to represent my constituents to the best of my ability. Yes?

    I will have more to say on your comment soon.

  5. Marshall says:

    “For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? But those who are outside, God judges. Remove the wicked man from among yourselves.”
    [I Corinthians 5:12-13]
    Warn outsiders that they are in danger of the judgment.
    Attempts to make the lives of outsiders more right or comfortable without Christ could come to implicate us as co-liable in their subsequent destruction — have we indirectly bolstered their own evasion of Christ?

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