I wish I could give credit where credit is due, but I swear I’ve completely forgotten which dynamic speaker presented this concept in a speech. God knows who he is, and I’m grateful to him for coming up with this idea.
This speaker was outlining a serious problem within the Christian church, one that spans across all denominations, and that’s an idea he called “safe sins.” It helps explain why Christians get absolutely up in arms about certain social issues while absolutely ignoring our own sins. Here’s what he meant:
1. Abortion – it’s 99% safe to safe that I’m never, ever going to have an abortion. At this point in my life, if I ended up pregnant it would actually be kind of funny. My husband and I have teenaged kids, and while I would have loved to have had a bigger family, we decided not to have more after our youngest was diagnosed with severe autism. But if I were to find out tomorrow that I was pregnant, it would be strange but it would also make for a good story about a “late in life” baby to keep us young.
And that’s why it’s completely safe for me to condemn abortion. I’m never going to do it, so it doesn’t feel wrong to speak out against this kind of evil. I will never be guilty of speaking out, then sneaking off and committing this sin myself.
2. Homosexuality – this is the one that everybody rails against, and even though it’s funny to say, “Methinks he doth protest too much,” I’m sorry, but–come on, people–Michele Bachmann’s husband is absolutely 100% gay, despite their pray-the-gay-away therapy business. But if you’re certain you’re a heterosexual, again, you’re never going to find yourself accidentally giving in to temptation and accidentally having gay sex. It’s “safe” to speak out against homosexuality and gay marriage since you’re never going to be a hypocrite here.
3. Internet Pornography – Again, this is somehow a big topic for Christians who want to point to the depravity of our society. Most adults I know don’t even know how to find online porn, but they know it’s out there. Again, if you don’t own an internet-connected computer and you don’t know which websites supply pornography, it’s pretty safe to scream from the rooftops about it.
But you know which sins people don’t like to talk about? Running red lights. Cheating on your taxes. Lying. Raising your voice at your kids when you lose your temper. Watching ungodly television shows. NOT tithing. NOT spending as much time in prayer and study as you should. NOT fasting. Gluttony.
Where are the Christians speaking out against gluttony? Interestingly, many of the individuals who point fingers about other sins are guilty of gluttony themselves, and even more interesting is the fact that gluttony is one of those few sins that you wear on the outside, everywhere you go. Your weight is right there for us all to see, but where are the preachers and politicians fighting the sin of gluttony? Even funnier is the fact that if a politician was to introduce a bill that limits your calorie intake, he’d be called a control freak libtard who’s trying to take away Americans’ rights.
You have the right to eat yourself into a heart attack, but a woman you don’t know who lives in a state you’ve never been to isn’t allowed to have an abortion? Why is that?
We have to stop allowing this concept of “safe” sins and instead pray for guidance in overcoming all sins. There is no such thing as a sin that none of us will ever commit, because all sins are the same in the eyes of God. Whether it’s abortion, adultery, pornography, homosexuality, or just driving over the speed limit, it’s sinful to God. We’re all the same, and no single person is “safe” without the love and acceptance of Christ.