Question: Are you shocked by the sins of non-Christian?
Let me bring this home a little bit. When your non-Christian son, daughter, neighbor, or friend takes part in some wicked sin, are you shocked? Disgusted? Do you want to stay away from them?
We shouldn’t be shocked by the sins of those who don’t know Christ. Romans 1:28 says of those who don’t know Christ:
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.
Apart from Christ, our minds are debased. Darkened. Filled with wickedness. We can’t think correctly about spiritual things. The result of trying to live apart from God is a debased mind, which always leads to debased actions.
So how do you treat your homosexual neighbor? Your workaholic friend? Your arrogant coworker? Your rebellious son?
We shouldn’t expect them to be righteous people. We shouldn’t stay away from them. They’re debased and darkened. But they can be rescued, just like we were.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes… (Romans 1:16)
- Are you ever turned off by other people’s sins?
- How should we relate to non-Christians who are enslaved by sin?