There is something of a message here in this statement: To Look Upon Sin... this thought or idea has been at the forefront of my conscious for some time. So tonight I took only a few minutes to try and research this idea. Most of what I came up with from the net was that God would and could not look upon sin. I suppose this might be true both figuratively and literally.
Since I haven't taken a great deal of time to research this topic, I will just speak from my heart/mind. Feel free to do your own search if this interests or speaks to you in anyway. I will likely go back and do a more exhaustive search for scriptural references.
God revealed to me long ago that one of the traps we find ourselves in, is the obsessive fascination with the sin of others, the world, our friends, our family members, strangers even. There are so many "legalistic" finger pointers who have convinced themselves they are the walking talking breathing version of "God's judgment" shining a light in a dark place. They constantly surround themselves with a spirit of "self righteousness" and use scripture to point out the sins of others. And when this isn't taking place, many of their communications contain words of condemnation, belittlement and chastisement. I have been guilty of this. Evil is so prevalent in our world, that it at best, is hard not to acknowledge.
These people are ungodly, these behaviors are ungodly. I apply this to my own life - and freely confess this sin. It is my hope by writing about this that we would come into a true understanding of it and acknowledge it.
So as we gaze upon the sin of the world, in each other, we are giving it credit, giving it power, and reiterating it and by default venerating it in a way. As we talk about it, post about, condemn and spend our energy on it - we give it power over our own lives, our speech and our vision. We belittle and dilute the power of God to help ourselves and others overcome it, no matter what it is. We in fact, make it a god above the One True God.
When we look upon sin, we take it into ourselves. We continue to give it life, by submitting our thoughts, our words, our actions to it. God is about to give me an analogy so it is better understood.....
Touch no unclean thing... I keep hearing. What is unclean...this is vile... excrement. Imagine for a moment your child is playing in a pasture and he or she happens upon a pile of dung. He is fascinated with it even though the stench of of it fills his nostrils... and he says, "hey mom, look at this, this is CRAP".."it smells awful, looks awful" and I want you to see this, and on and on and on... and He takes the time to tell the whole world about it, bringing even greater attention to it. It becomes a spectacle and he lifts it up so all can see it... and he takes the time to fashion signs pointing to it saying "CRAP - This way"... "Come see the CRAP here"... "Smell the CRAP"... "Touch it, get to know it".. and "Guess who made this CRAP?" and before you know it there are volumes of information, signs, comments, books, facebook posts, weblogs, podcasts and every imaginable way to communicate this to the world at large, everywhere. As a parent you told him or her to stop, don't look at it, don't touch it, its nasty and vile, and disgusting and has germs, you will get sick, it will make you sick, but he was so hell bent, thats right HELL bent on telling the world about it, that your voice was drowned out and you and your command to "Touch no unclean thing" was thrown out, disregarded and blatantly refused.
Thats exactly what we do when we constantly criticize people and the sins they commit in the "name of God"... its a mockery of the power of God. It reminds me of the story of Peter and the storm... read it for yourself - but don't be surprised as you go around blowing your own horn and declaring this thing or that, you find yourself sinking and gasping for air one day. Our focus should be on Jesus Christ - nothing else, not the sin of the world or those who commit it. Your relationship is not with Christ if you continue to do these things, it is with the sin because that's where you heart lives.
Think about it. I know I have...and while there are numerous things we can discuss and we can point out among ourselves and others, God is the one we need to be talking about because it is God and only God that can save us and deliver us.
The First Epistle written to the Corinthians, by Paul the Apostle is a perfect reference to end this post: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
If this is not the way we act according to His word, then the Love of Christ is not in us. Let us strive to show this kind of love, this Agape love for one another. Let us not look upon those things that beseech and consume us.
Someone help me out, God is causing me to remember a better story, but I don't remember enough to share it here... there was a parable of sorts and women were cleaning and making the house or something ready, instead of seeking or worshiping God... does anyone know what I am referring to???