Popular sayings can look cute on our walls at home. I have several on mine. In Pinterest, they can even be dressed up with graphic designs that lead the eye to invite itself to read. I just wonder if we read and think as deeply as we should in order to get the full message of the words bundled together by the quotation marks.
There is a popular quote streaming on Facebook that says, “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” This is a CS Lewis quote well worth reading; but, have we digested every word?
It is easy to see what we feel is the inexcusable in others. Betrayal, abuse, infidelity, dishonesty, murder….you know the list. These always make it to the inexcusable list. But here is the rub….are not all sins, no matter the degree, inexcusable in the sight of God?
Is the “small lie” just as big in God’s eyes as the large one that tore a relationship to pieces? Is the wayward word told in gossip just as bad as the slander aimed toward a leader? Just how big are these “smaller” sins? I know each sin has large or small consequences and the effects of some run longer and wider than others, however when you take each one to the cross of Christ they all have the same price tag.
If you took away murder, child abuse, cheating, wife beating, lying, and all other sinfulness from the world and left the smallest of sins, what would it cost Christ? What if the ONLY SIN found in the world were small “white lies”? What if we lived perfectly in all other areas of life, except for that one small sin we allow ourselves to hold on to because it is just not “that bad”? Would Christ still have to come and die if the only sin on earth was having a bad attitude?
When I see my “small” sins nailing Him to the cross, then I really define “inexcusable sins.” I am suddenly accountable for every thing I do and say for all are inexcusable at the cross. We all have sinned. We all fall short. We all must have our silly, rebellious sins pardoned. He bled for the gossiper just as much as he bled for the child abuser. He bled for the rebellious look or shrug of the shoulder just as much as He bled for the serial killer. He bled for back alleyway words just as much as He bled for the blasphemer. He bled for the explosive anger at a ball game just as much as he bled for the anger of a killer. All sin is inexcusable when you bring it before God. All sin has to be covered by the blood, for God is HOLY.
So, I guess if I dared to re-write the quote it would say, “To be a Christian means to forgive everything, for God has forgiven everything in you.”