“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’”Luke 18:13
One soldier would often visit me to talk about an immoral relationship that he was engaged in back home. Like so many others in the present age, he spoke of such a relationship without a note of remorse or repentance.
Then one day he came into my office and asked, “Sir, how can you counsel gay soldiers when you know what they do is sinful?” I replied, “In the same way I counsel you.” I reminded him that all sin is odious to the Lord, and all of it fully deserves His wrath.
When we divide society into “moral” and “immoral” camps based on a particular set of sins, then we are engaging in the sinful measurements of the Pharisees rather than bringing our own sins before the throne of grace. Are you more likely to cry out to God for mercy in Christ, or cry out against your neighbor?
Our Savior came to seek and to save the lost, and there is not one of us without sin. In the same way a good parent can’t help but love a rebellious and difficult child, the Lord loves us unconditionally in the mess of our unrighteousness.
Thank God that He measures us by the merits of His Son and not by our own faulty accomplishments!