Monthly Archives: May 2013

Sinning differently

Those who follow sports news are probably aware that NBA player Jason Collins caused a stir this week by coming out as gay in an article in Sports Illustrated. I know a few folks who are upset by this and are very likely to point fingers at this man and condemn his action. My reaction is to quote two passages of Scripture (these are from the NIV):
Romans 2:1
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.
John 8:7
He straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

My pastor pointed out that we often fall into the practice of pointing fingers at those who sin differently than we do, but the truth is that we all fall short of the glory of God and we all need grace. I don’t feel competent to state definitively how the Lord will judge anyone and I have great skepticism for anyone who claims otherwise.