This post is partly inspired by a blog my friend, Alex, wrote.
I encourage you read the entire post for yourself, but it’s effectively about how over time, weird becomes normal. I began thinking about this in relation to character traits, personalities, weird people in general, and ideas that just seem too weird to take seriously. Then I really became pressed that the same thing happens with sin.
One of the sections from his blog that really hit me is this:
If you think about, normal doesn’t really mean anything. It is how we describe how comfortable (emphasis mine) we are in a situation. If everything is how we expect it to be, then it’s normal; if not then it feels weird.
This is altogether true of sin in our lives. When we first commit a particular act of sin, we feel bad about it, especially when we do so knowing that it’s wrong. If we continue that act of sin, it becomes a habit, and we learn to suppress the thoughts driving our conscience that make us feel the weight of what we have done. Sin becomes normal. Sin becomes comfortable.
We do this with our friends too. We all have people in our lives who need to image Christ better, but instead of lovingly calling them on it, we say “That’s just Jack, Jill, Bobby Sue…” Over time, the behaviors (rooted in heart issues, to be sure) that need to be adjusted which initially give us pause and concern become normal, and we don’t even think about it anymore.
This cannot be allowed to be the case though. We are at war with Satan and sin. We must fight to kill our sin.
What sins have you become comfortable with?
What sins do your friends commit that you avoid confronting them about?