In this blog, I wanted to focus on the topic of Sin. The reason being is because of the discussion that was brought up last week in class on homosexuality. Though the videos I posted here do not directly address the sin of homosexuality, I believe that it could not be any more on target as to how Christians often try to redirect the focus of sin in their own lives to the sin in the lives of others. In these videos, Pastor Greg Laurie addresses the problem of Christians attempting to rationalize and minimize the sin in their lives. In the first video, he challenges Christians to ask God to bless these sins they consider as minuscule. In the second video, he explains how even the smallest of sin finds its way into our everyday lives and eventually knocks us down when we least expect it.
How it relates to counseling:
This relates to Christian counseling because Christian counselors should always be fully aware of their own weaknesses to sin and never feel superior to their clients but rather join them in their struggles and be willing to extend mercy to them. Also, if Christian counselors lose vigilance in their own walk with Christ, they too can easily fall into deep sin and not only bring harm to themselves but the lives of their clients as well. Especially in the counseling setting, Christian counselors can become so fixated on trying to make people choose the right decisions instead of investing in them and joining them in their struggles in order to lead them to Christ.
Above all, Christian counselors are to instill hope in others not diminish it by making others feel as though they are any less because of the sin in their lives. Truth is that we all fall short of the grace of God; nonetheless, God extends the same hand of mercy to us all. He promises that there is nothing that can separate us from Him and if Christian counselors are to impact the lives of others, they too should extend the same hand of mercy that was extended to them. Regardless of one’s sin, love and mercy should always be representative of Christ above all. It is important to understand that love does not mean acceptance of the sin but rather the complete opposite. If you truly love someone, you would tell them the truth. Love and truth are inseparable and never place one higher than the other.
My personal response:
In my opinion, people who show the most mercy are those who have experienced mercy in their own lives at its fullest. I have seen Christians, who simply go through the motions of the Christian life, be the harshest on these blatant sins such as “homosexuality” and minimize other not so blatant sins in their own lives. I believe that if one has truly accepted and understood the mercy of God, one can in turn extend that same mercy to others.
So my goal is to be able to see others through the eyes of God and rather than trying to “fix them” I pray that I will be able to instill hope in them and find strength in Christ to overcome the sin that enslaves them.