Although society refuses to call sin “sin,” common sense reveals a governmental effort to hold individuals and collective society accountable for the sins of others. Our modern legal structure establishes a trend and a sense of expectation that sets focus on your responsibility toward the welfare and safety of yourself and others.
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For example: According to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), clerks guilty of selling alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person can be convicted of a Class A violation or a Class A Misdemeanor infraction with penalties ranging from $200 to $1500 (1). Punishment and judgment against offenders may also include community service and a mandatory 30 days or more jail sentence.
Throughout this Nation, laws and regulations are designed to hold everyone responsible for the social infractions of other individuals and groups of individuals. In Oregon, before selling cigarettes or alcohol to anyone who appears to be less than 26 years old, a store clerk is required to validate the ID of the buyer.
But who, I ask, determines what constitutes the appearance of a 26-year old buyer. After all, we live in a world where twelve-year-old females are used to promote products in magazines wherein erotic underwear mixes in with the typical product list. Hey! The evidence is clear: Makeup and clothing enhances the perceived age of an individual.
Looks can be deceptive. Many males, although minor by decree, have beards, shaved heads, and the ability to lie about age while maintaining direct eye contact and speaking with not the slightest hint of stutter in their voice. Yet society demands that bartenders, sales clerks, and even casual acquaintances be held accountable for the actions of patrons and even of next-door neighbors.
Some of these laws are good. Others are invasions of privacy. But all are designed to ensure that we as a nation remain accountable for the sins of others.
Christians Also Collectively Accountable For Sins of Others
Even in a society where authority so clearly rejects bible truths, the concept of personal responsibility for the better good saturates written laws. How then can it be that Christianity rejects the biblical responsibility to participate in maintenance of order within both church and social behavior patterns?
Of a certain, the leaders of the secular world reject a Christian right to take part in the containment of certain aspects of social behavior. An effort to manage man-defined moral requirements often completely ignores Godly instruction, righteousness and holiness. Furthermore, in many cases, the Church chooses to adopt the secular viewpoint rather than a Christian viewpoint. Thus we end up defending wickedness rather than confronting sin.
I am here, dear Christian friend, to remind you of a simple Christian principle, of an uncomplicated fundamental Christian value. God does indeed hold Christians accountable for the sins of others – even when considering sins committed by those in the secular world.
I know that in 1-Corithians 6, the Spirit speaks of judgment among believers. And I also understand that in 1-Corithians 5:13 the Spirit records that God will judge those who are outside of the body of Christ. But listen dear brother and sister; this bible we read is a book of balance. We cannot and we must not pull single Scripture out of context and then contend that we are not to confront the wickedness of this age.
Throughout the entirety of bible history, God has called upon his people to take a stand for holiness, for righteous, and for Godly honor. We may not be of this world, be we are, my Christian friend, in this world. Therefore we must resist the temptation of complacency.
Look for a moment at Leviticus 20:1-9. Take time to grasp the depth of the warning revealed in verses 4 and 5. Let your heart tremble in fear if you are one who chooses to ignore the wickedness that now consumes this nation – a nation clearly birthed on Christian principles and Christian integrity.
“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones. And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name,” (Leviticus 20-1-3).
“And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not: Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people,” (Leviticus 20:4-5).
Wait right here, right now.
Before you run off claiming that I advance a call from God that requires Christians to stone wicked people, consider also the balance of scales listed in Scripture from the same book:
“Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD,” (Leviticus 19: 17,18).
Understand the Simplicity of Bible Principles
As members of the human race we answer to God both individually and collectively. If we are accountable for the sins committed by others, it is to a calling out of that sin, to a strong stand that proclaims wickedness as wickedness. Throughout Scripture, God dealt with Israel on the conditions of characteristic obedience or characteristic disobedience. During prayer and times of confession, the prophets, Daniel, Ezra, and others consistently proclaimed a personal link to the sins and guilt of the nation. At times, the sins of one individual brought forth judgment against the entire nation (See Joshua Chapter Seven).
If even the secular world can grasp the simple principle of collective accountability for the actions of others, should not we grasp the Christian principle wherein we are accountable for sins of others. The LORD speaks clearly concerning the obligation that all mankind must take a stand against wicked behavior.
Just because your government seeks to force acceptance of evil unions between men to men or women to women does not mean that Christians should not address the wickedness of the issue. Just because your government demands tolerance that is really merely a disguised intolerance of Christian beliefs does not obligate you to deny your God and His truths.
But least you grown arrogant against authority that is without the church, I ask also how you behave toward those within the church who sneak behind closed doors and seek to turn brother against brother and sister against sister. To tolerate sin in any aspect, be it secular wickedness or be it internal church gossip, marks you at risk that God will judge you for hiding your eyes from the man who gives his seed unto the Molech of this age.”
“Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God,” (Leviticus 20:7).
1) OLCC PDF file, “What Every Store Clerk Needs to Know About Selling Alcohol” Rev. 02/14 Oregon.Gov/OLCC