Today I’m continuing my series on sin. If you want to check out other posts in the series you can head over to the beginning of the series where I have links to every subject I’ve written about on sin, though many of them are in the same post (usually 3-5 subjects per post) based on their similarities.
Before I begin, let me remind you that I’m addressing Christians, people who claim they are followers of Jesus Christ. None of these posts are for non-Christians because they don’t have the same morals and beliefs as we do. We are to follow God’s Word, therefore I don’t hold non-believers to the same standard that I do myself or other believers.
Today’s topics are God-haters, the insolent, those who invent new ways of evil, people are who disobedient to their parents, and those who approve of evil. You may be thinking, 1)How do those subjects relate to one another? and 2)What in the world do they have to do with Christians? Those are great questions and I thought the same myself when I was reading through the list of sins in the original post. But God placed it on my heart to group these five topics together under the heading “It’s All About the Attitude.”
God doesn’t care about our actions as much as He cares about our attitude. When people are God-haters, or insolent (which is showing a rude and arrogant lack of respect), or want to invent new ways of evil, or are disobedient to their parents, or approve of evil, this is all a sign that their attitude is wrong. Let me give you some specific examples so you understand what I mean.
People who hate God have the wrong attitude towards God. I don’t just mean that their thinking is wrong, because they think their thoughts and beliefs are true. You see, people who hate God can’t believe He doesn’t exist. You can’t hate something that doesn’t exist – that isn’t logical. No, people who hate God see Him in the wrong light. They see Him as a controlling, judgemental, wrathful, hateful God because they are looking at Him with a judgemental and close-minded attitude. They aren’t willing to learn about the kind, loving, gracious God that we, as believers, know and love because they don’t have a learning attitude.
But Christians can be guilty of this too. I’ve known true believers, myself included, who have hated God at times because we are going through something painful and we don’t understand why. When Justin and I first started going through our financial difficulty I wanted to hate God because I didn’t understand why we needed to go through it when we were trying to be faithful to Him. Before my dad became a nurse he didn’t know what to do with his life. There was one job available that he really, really wanted and when it fell through he got so angry that he actually cursed at God. But God gave him a better job. And thankfully, God always forgives us. He is a loving, merciful God who is ready to forgive no matter what we’ve said or done.
It’s all about our attitude. When we are being selfish and wanting things our own way, when we are hurt and don’t understand why we have to go through pain, we want to hate God, or may even hate Him for a time. But if we would keep a better attitude, one of absolute trust in our Heavenly Father, we wouldn’t hate Him – and the same is true of non-believers. If they would just open their minds and have a positive attitude toward God, they would learn His true nature.
Disobedience and Insolence
Next, I want to touch on disobedience to parents and an attitude of insolence. Remember that insolence means showing a rude and arrogant lack of respect which certainly describes a child when he or she is being disobedient to his or her parents. But children aren’t the only ones guilty of this wrong attitude. I know a lot of adults who don’t honor their parents or treat others with a lack of respect.
Not everyone has good parents, I understand that. I am very blessed that I have godly parents who have always loved me and supported me. But my mom was abused by her parents, Joyce Meyer was sexually molested by her father, yet both chose to respect their parents later in life after God had healed them from the pain of their past. If anyone had the “right” to disrespect or be disobedient to their parents it would be them – but they knew that God blesses those who honor their father and mother. In fact, the Bible says that the command (command, not request) to honor, or respect, your father and mother is the first one that comes with a promise:
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” (Eph. 6:1-3)
However, this doesn’t just apply to our parents. People can love and honor their parents but still be insolent with a spouse, children, co-workers, or anyone else. We are to respect everyone around us and have a good attitude toward our family, friends, acquaintances, and strangers.
It’s all about having a kind, respectful attitude toward everyone no matter how they treat you or treated you in the past.
Finally, we have people who invent new ways of evil and approve of evil. Now, I’m not going to say much on this subject because I believe that this is mainly about non-Christians. Inventing new ways of evil would be new ways to torture or hurt others, new forms of rape, abuse, murder, etc. Those who are truly born-again could never do those things because that’s completely against God. If you are inventing ways of doing evil to others I would seriously question your salvation. But, I do know that as Christians we need to be careful not to approve of evil. However, I’ve done another post on that subject which you can find here.
My point is that people who want to invent evil or approve of it have the wrong attitude – mainly a selfish and worldly attitude. Instead of thinking of others, putting the needs of others before their own, they think only of their own pleasure.
So, to sum it all up, we need to be very careful of our attitudes. If we want to live the way God wants us to live we need to make sure we have positive, faith-filled, respectful, selfless, and loving attitudes in every area of our lives.
I pray this makes sense to you all and that it touches your hearts and will help change all our attitudes because we all need attitude adjustments from time to time.
I love you guys and pray you have an awesome week!