I am not surprised when sinners sin. I don’t expect people who are apart from Christ to act as if they were united in love to Him, people who are ignorant of spiritual realities to be wise, or people who are slaves to sin to freely pursue righteousness.
It’s really no surprise at all when the woman in Aisle 9 yells at her kids and the college students next door throw a drunken party. It would be remarkable if they did otherwise.
Having been dead myself, I can recognize that pitiful condition when I see it. And I don’t berate a corpse for failing to look lively.
But, every so often, someone I know slightly—neighbor, co-worker, fellow grocery-store-shopper, mom at the playground—actually asks me to cheer for their plans to sin.
“Guess what? I’m getting an apartment with my boyfriend next week!”
“My husband and I just aren’t compatible anymore, and I’m filing for divorce. I’m excited to get on with my life!”
“My same-sex partner and I are getting married!”
It’s obvious the person is looking for congratulations. But I can’t do that.
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