Better a Glutton than Gay? Picking and Choosing Our Sins

I recently heard a pastor open his sermon with a lighthearted comment about his sin of overeating at Thanksgiving.

The crowd chuckled and nodded approvingly.

Most had committed the same sin but knew their sin was OK because they are under grace and not under law.

Later in the same sermon the pastor commented that when we buy coffee at Starbucks, we are “supporting homosexual laws.”

The crowd shook their heads in disgust.

This was not a sin they had committed, and they knew the Bible is very clear about homosexuality. It is an abomination and must be stopped in its tracks.

It doesn’t matter that gluttony makes the deadly sins Top Seven, nor that according to the CDC, 36 percent of Americans are obese, nor that “Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.”

Gluttony is funny and understandable, homosexuality is evil and should be illegal.

I am not arguing for either gluttony or homosexuality. There are multiple scriptures about each, you can look it up for yourself.

My question is, how do we decide?

How do we decide “their” sin is evil while “our” sin is no big deal?

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Geoff Surratt
Geoff has served on the leadership teams at Seacoast Church and Saddleback Church, and as Managing Director of Exponential. He is the author of several books, including Together: A Guide for Couples in Ministry written with his wife Sherry. Along with writing, Geoff coaches churches and leaders around the U.S. and in Europe. Geoff lives in Denver, Colorado. Twitter: @geoffsurratt

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