3MN: All sins ruin us, and yet not all sins ruin us equally.

3MN: All sins ruin us, and yet not all sins ruin us equally.

Happy Thursday!

In the next 3 minutes:

  1. As a parent, you learn the paradox of loving and disciplining your kids.
  2. Common sense alone tells us these sins are meaningfully different.
  3. Let's retrieve some truthful tensions.

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Minute 1 - God loves us equally but parents us uniquely.

One of the hardest parts of parenting is discipline.

I have two little boys who are both discovering their independence and self-governance. They are vastly different from each other.

  • The oldest is loud, curious, and craves attention; he'll get it by any means necessary.
  • The younger one is quiet, sneaky, and enjoys a good snatch-and-run.

As a parent, you learn the paradox of loving and disciplining your kids fully and individually.

A friend of mine, who is many years past raising young children, shared life-changing parenting advice. He said, "Don't be afraid to love your kids differently and discipline them differently. They are different. They need you in different ways and need to be corrected in different ways."

Specific children need specific attention. The same is true about us and our sins. God loves us equally but parents us uniquely.

Minute 2 - Christianity is full of paradoxes.

One of the more difficult tensions to hold, writes ethicist Myles Werntz, is this one: “All sins ruin us, and yet not all sins ruin us equally.”

Here’s an on-the-ground example:

There is a great deal of energy currently devoted to the matter of sexism in American churches. We should not hide the fact that the sin of sexism has done real damage within the church, but how we name that damage makes a great deal of difference.

As the accounting for these wrongs has begun, many discussions have bundled very different sins, lumping together anything from sexually abusive ministers to interpersonal biases. Every sin causes damage and requires repair, but common sense alone tells us these sins are meaningfully different. - Myers Werntz, Particular Wrongs Need Particular Remedies

Minute 3 -  Sin separates us from God, full stop.

That's true, but it doesn't tell the whole story.

Let's retrieve some truthful tensions

  1. There's a difference between sins Christians commit on purpose and those we commit without meaning to (Luke 12:47–48).
  2. Everyone has a tendency to sin, but we don't all sin in the same way.
  3. Different sins need different solutions.

Understanding that all sin harms us, but not all sin harms us equally, shouldn't make us judge others to excuse our own sins.

Instead, it means recognizing that God knows each of us by name, knows our specific sins, and knows the specific virtues we need to overcome them.

  • The lustful need chastity.
  • The proud need humility.
  • The gluttonous need discipline.
  • The violent need peace.

What do you need?

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VERSE OF THE WEEK

“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” - Romans 12:3


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Payton Minzenmayer

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