Why I do not stand in condemnation of sin
How many times did Jesus sit with sinners and SAY NOTHING about their sin? He had lunch with tax collectors. He didn’t tell them to stop taxing or ripping people off.
A prostitute washed Jesus feet and made a pass at him and Jesus treated it as worship. It looks to me like she was trying to seduce him: let her hair down and cry on his feet – in that day and age, it was like what Ruth did with Boaz and some say that Ruth would be considered very sexually promiscuous to have uncovered Boaz’ feet! Jesus understood that Mary didn’t know any better. She was expressing love the only way she knew how – sexually. And he loved her for it (not sexually, but in his gracious words). (Luke 7:36-50)
Jesus drank with his friends who probably got drunk and rowdy, and he was accused of being a drunkard just like them. I don’t see him telling them not to get drunk. (See Luke 7:33-34)
Jesus healed on the Sabbath!!! He broke the Pharisaical law! He stuck up for the disciples eating corn on Sabbath – but we don’t understand, we think this is a joke because we don’t really have a Sabbath in the Western world – we are hustle and bustle work-a-holics! (Luke 6:1-11)
Jesus was seen AS a sinner. Not standing against sin.
In his sermon on the mount Jesus said that the self-righteous Pharisees didn’t know what sin was! They were already committing murder and adultery in their hearts but thought that their outward appearance of goodness was enough. Jesus’ sermon on the mount is declaring to the world: YOU ARE NOT RIGHTEOUS!!! NOT EVEN ONE OF YOU!!! (Matthew 5-7)
He told the rich man to sell all he’s got and give his money away – why? Because the rich man asked Jesus to show him any law he had broken: so Jesus did. Jesus was saying to this man: you are a sinner just like everyone else. Stop thinking you are so perfect!!! And then Jesus said it is harder for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than you to enter the kingdom of heaven WITH MAN THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE BUT WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE! (Matthew 19:26)
Matt 20:16 Jesus told a parable of late workers being paid the same as those that had done more work. “The last will be first, and the first will be last”
Matt 22:10 Jesus invited “the bad as well as the good” to the wedding banquet.
Matt 25 Jesus separated the sheep and the goats. What are goats? They have horns of self-righteousness to head butt sheep with! What are sheep? Weak, practically useless followers who NEED a shepherd/saviour who can’t get in based on works; only grace.
John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did NOT send his son into the world to CONDEMN the world but to SAVE the world through him.
I am not denying that Jesus hates sin. He hates sin so much that he came and destroyed it in his own body on the cross. But the only sin I see him standing against is the sin of self-righteousness. Jesus’ action was to constantly frustrate the self-righteous. He kept telling them that they were the ones who were unrighteous. He wanted them to stop accusing everyone else and admit that they themselves didn’t have it all together.
This is why I do not stand in condemnation of other people’s sin: I know I AM JUST AS BAD!