In the world I live in today, I believe it conflicts often with the message of Holy Scripture. St. Paul writes today in his first letter to the Corinthians 5:1-8 that it has been reported to him that there is immorality among the Corinthians. I wonder if a bishop, pastor, priest or minister wrote a letter concerning immorality, to be read among the people of God in our churches today, would we be open to listening and adhering to the message? The first thing that came to my mind is the common response I hear so often, do not judge me.
That seems to be what society today leans on. Scripture tells us not to judge lest we be judged. Scripture also tells us to admonish the sinner. We hear what we want to hear and reject what goes against what we do not like. If I am living in sin, my human nature would tell you to mind your own business and do not judge me. We will also add that God is merciful. Yes, He is and he is willing to forgive our sins, drowning each and every one of them in His ocean of mercy. But, He does ask us to sincerely repent of our sins. Do you remember the woman caught in adultery, when Jesus asks her has anyone condemned you? When she tells him no, He tells her neither do I, your sins are forgiven, go and sin no more. A lot of times we forget that last part. We hear the mercy of God but ignore the repentance.
Some of what is immoral in Holy Scripture is now accepted as normal in our lives. I think we have watered down much of what Jesus and the inspired Word of God has clearly taught us. I am guilty of that. When I choose to sin, I want to justify to myself that it is not that bad or even compare myself to others that I think are doing the same or maybe even worse in my opinion. That is a sin in itself and I just heap on more darkness in my life. If I could make any point today, it would be that if Holy Scripture says something is immoral, we ought to believe it and do what we can to avoid it.