Wisdom of Marion 2.7: Part 2 of My New Year’s Resolution

“Christianity at its core doesn’t condemn or condone.

But we as believers and those who are non-believers want to choose one or the other and sometimes even both on how Christianity is supposed to be practiced or lived out.”

Look at Jesus in the story with the woman caught in adultery and accused by the Pharisees: “Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ She said,  ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”  {John 8:9-11 ESV}

Jesus neither condemns or condones the woman. He doesn’t attack her character or condone her behavior.

Somehow in our modern form of Christianity, we would have called this woman some unpleasant names or talked about her so bad that she would have felt unwelcomed if she would have ever step into a church or we would have told her it’s okay because she is a believer in Christ and would have receive his grace without acknowledging her sinful behavior.

Well, this has become the second part of my New Year’s Resolution.  As a Christian, I do not want to either condemn or condone someone’s sins.  It is so easy to fall into either camp. I’m realizing that we should always remember the example from Jesus when we encounter someone in sinful behavior.

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