“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? Matthew 7:3
There is often a perspective of ‚Äòweighting sins I hear mention of it quite regularly; the thought of categorizing some sins as worse than others. And with that comes an elevation of self and of your own culture and way of doing things, minimizing your shortcomings, or a spirit of judgmental-ness. How this often plays out in Dallas (North and South) can be messy and full of criticism. I ve witnessed it numerous times. You see, we don t classify lust in the same way as sexual assault. Divorce isn t seen through the same eyes as having children out of wedlock. Over using prescription drugs is different than partaking in illegal drugs. Living off of welfare without a job is worse than living at home with your parents and not having a job. Hoarding things in one s home is seen differently than renting a large storage unit to accommodate one s materialism. One standard of black and white is used for one culture, and a grey-ish perspective is the lens through which the other culture is viewed. Consequences vary, but both are sin. Both are equal in the Lord s sight. Both grieve His heart immensely.
All cultures and communities are in need of saving and Light shining into darkness.
Sin is sin. We need to stop sugar coating our own and our culture s sins and embrace the cross together. Humble ourselves before the Lord as a wicked man in need of grace and mercy. Gaining this perspective is the only way to move forward in discipleship, evangelism, and loving our neighboring communities as ourselves. Taking on the humility and equality found at the foot of Jesus as He died for us all. Let us love. Let us be grace-filled. Let us live boldly in proclaiming these things together. And may judgment and comparison be put to death.
-Christina Hickman, Mentor Coordinator