R-rated Reasons and X-rated Xcuses

Matthew 5: 27-30

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’; 28 but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell.

Jesus wanted us to pluck our eyes out and cut our hands off if our eyes or our hands had an inclination toward sin. He would rather that we were maimed and holy than whole and sinful. That’s how much God abhors sin and that’s how much He wants us to be holy.

That is the holy calling to which a Christian is called.

With that background, the question arises: what excuse can I give that would justify my continuing in sin? The answer would be: nothing. There is no excuse that I can ever give God for letting the members of my body indulge in sin.

That is, none of the following excuses matter before God.

“We live together because we are trying to save money”

“But that show has a great storyline, in spite of the nudity”

“But I will give some of this money to the church”

The question is: What is more important to me than God?

my entertainment? my culture? friends’ opinions?

When Jesus suggested amputation instead of the possibility of sin, it means that holiness is more important than anything and everything else. No excuse will suffice.

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