Friday, March 18, 2011
You're a sinner
Is there a distinction between sinful propensity and sinful action? You and I are naturally inclined towards disobedience to God. The writers of the bible call it our "sinful nature" (Galatians 5:17). Every day, a christian must resist submitting to his sinful nature but instead act in accordance to God's Spirit at work within him (Romans 8:5).
Some examples: John has a sinful propensity to anger but he tries every day to not act on his anger by not yelling at his family members (Colossians 3:8). James has a sinful propensity towards lust but tries every day to not act on his lust by refusing to see internet porn and thus commit adultery (Matthew 5:27). Janis has a sinful propensity towards lesbianism but tries every day not to act on her lesbianism by choosing celibacy (1 Corinthians 6:9). Jenny has a sinful propensity towards misusing alcohol but tries every day not to act on her addiction by committing to sobriety (Ephesians 5:18).
So if there is a difference between sinful propensity and sinful action....here's an implication. Is John, James, Janis, and Jenny condemned by God and the object of punishment because they have a sinful propensity which they don't act on? No. We are judged according to sin, which is disobedience towards God (1 John 3:4).
Why does it matter? Because your actions matter. The way you live matters. Your choices matter.
Question: Are you acting on your sinful propensity towards (you fill in the blank)