I am really sorry for how the Bible references came across during “Pride Week.” I admit we who claim to be followers of Jesus do a pretty poor job of it most days.
The passage quoted in Romans Chapter 1 v. 26-32 came from a letter reminding believers that not one of us is good enough to spend eternity with a holy God, our creator. None of us is in any position to look down or judge another human being.
In fact, immediately following v. 26-27 referring to sexual behaviour is a list of vices we can all be guilty of. I list a few here: greed, hate, envy, fighting, deception, gossip, backstabbing, promise breaking, and unforgiveness (v. 29).
As if to really spell it out to the reader, v. 1 of Chapter 2 continues: “You may be saying what terrible people you have been talking about! But you are just as bad and you have no excuse. When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself for you do these very same things.”
I believe these passages from the Bible serve to remind us that although we categorize sin as big, small, or hardly at all, God has a different standard. He is so holy, so perfect that any behaviour not conforming to that which his son Jesus modelled for us is rebellion.
V. 22 of Chapter 3 goes on to say: “We are made right in God's sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we can all be saved in this same way no matter who we are or what we have done.”
Thank you for your time.
Marilyn R. Erwin
Fort Frances, Ont.