“Jerusalem staggers, Judah is falling; their words and deeds are against the Lord, defying his glorious presence. The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves.” Isaiah 3:8-9
What is the difference between feeling badly about your sin, and parading your sin proudly for all the world to see? How often do you hear people laughing at, and even admiring, the drunk friend, who seems hilariously funny to most? How often do you hear young college guys bragging about ‘getting a girl’ the night before? How often have you heard the boasts of those who have shop-lifted and gotten away with it? How often have you participated in talks about how drunk you were at different parties in your life? What about the pilot who bragged about the strip clubs that he visited when he was away from his family? What about the employee who steals supplies from his office and brags about how many sticky-notes he has at home from them? What about the golfer who thinks it’s funny to degrade and talk bad about his wife in public? What about the student who brags about how she cheats on her tests and her teacher doesn’t even know. How often do we now not only accept, but parade our open-mindedness to the sin of homosexuality and claim it as a blessing from God? And the list continues….
Parading of sins has been, and is increasingly common everywhere.
In God’s ideal world, we would have a humble, repentant heart towards our sin. He knows that we all sin and will continue to sin until such a time as we come face to face with our Savior, Jesus Christ. The problem comes for those who have not only hardened, unrepentant hearts towards their sin, but have furthered their downward spiral by parading their sins with pride. In which case, God will bring disaster on those who continue this downward spiral. (Isaiah 3:9)
- “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
- “that the mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment. Though the pride of the godless person reaches to the heavens and his head touches the clouds, he will perish forever, like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’” Job 20:5-7
Keep far from those parading their sin and refrain from participating in these destructive conversations. We are to be set apart and different then those around us. This is how the glory of God is displayed.
- “Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.” 3 John 1:11
In what situations do you find yourself in where others parade their sin? How can you avoid these situations and/or how can you be bold to stand up for God’s ways?
Father God, Thank you for forgiving our sins through the blood of Jesus Christ. Help us to keep humble hearts and repent of all wrong that we do so that our hearts can be soft and loving towards you. Strengthen us in situations we find ourselves in to not participate in parading of sins. Give us courage to walk away or stand up for You as the situation dictates. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.