Sometimes I get the incredulous response, “So wait: Jesus took the punishment that I deserve? And my one year old baby and my harmless next door neighbor and our junior baseball league?”
The punishment doesn’t fit the crime, it’s said. No one is on grand jury trial for stealing a lollipop. We understand the gravity of offenses like murder, rape, and genocide, but not little white lies and going five over the speed limit and mentally cussing out our boss at work. How are these condemnable by flames forever?
The reasons often given in church for equalizing “small sins” is that God is absolute holy transcendent purity and one offense against Him deserves fiery hell on your soul. Subtle. I sense there’s a much more thoughtful God at work here who cares about every single detail of your life, and if He didn’t take all of it into account, He would not be God.
Three reasons why God sweats the small stuff:
1) God cares about every infraction against you.
2) All testimonies are valid.
3) A life of little sins is often the kind that leads you into nothingness.
Former atheist/agnostic, now a pastor and professional rambler. Have a B.A. in Psychology and M.Div from SEBTS. Both degrees negate each other, i.e. I'm still a dummy. Have a fifth degree black belt and I can eat five lbs. of steak in one sitting. A recovered porn addict, skeptical Christian, loves Jesus. I gave away half my salary in 2012 to fight human trafficking, and you can help. Have a mixed German shepherd named Rosco, have two toenails growing out of one toe, and I'm addicted to coffee, ginger ale, and tomato juice.
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