Does Justification Make it Right?
One day as I sat in church listening to the pastor preach about relationships, one thing caught me,
Colossians 3: 5
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
It set me thinking about how our society has changed and how well we justify this change. For example, I know some-one who found herself in town having not paid the matatu (public transport), she decided not to pay because the Makanga (tout or conductor) did not ask for the money, and moreover they (touts) are always stealing from the passengers. If you forgot your change, they will likely not remind you.
Does this excuse her not paying, is she not equally a thief as much as the tout. Another does not return change when given too much because the shopkeeper also sometimes shortchanges the people. Does this excuse her behavior or is she still a thief. We have classified our behaviors in many ways — – a small sin, big sin, maybe sin, may be not sin —- but if you think about it the KEY WORD remains SIN.
Colossians 3: 8
But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
Today am posing some questions: does the sins of your neighbor excuse yours? Does the corporate sin excuse the individual sin? Our society has now become built upon the justification of ―I DON‘T THINK IT‘S A SIN!‖ Really, are you sure it‘s not? Does it mean because it‘s justifiable then its right? Is it worth teaching our children that everything can be explained away? If your daughter joins a group or has friends that we don‘t approve of, then it‘s their mother‘s fault, or it‘s because of that ancestral alter we failed to break. Think about it. Your behavior may be the reason.
Mathew 5: 14-15
14 You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they set it on a lamp stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
Our behavior should be a light unto those around us, unto our children, and neighbors. That way we build our today and our tomorrow. If our today is JUSTIFIABLE SIN, then how is our tomorrow? Will it be worth waiting for, if we have already destroyed it today?
Let‘s change our today so our tomorrow may be better. If it‘s a sin, it‘s a sin, not a may be sin. Repent of it and ask God to help us love Holy for He is Holy. No justifications, No excuses, Holiness is our portion Holiness is our Expectation, Holiness is our Desire, Holiness is our Duty.