There are many believers out there that call this kind of talk naive and not at all realistic, and that’s fine. Those that use their religion to condemn others, to look down upon others, and to point the finger at others for reasons having to do with anything other than a lack of morals don’t often seem to realize how hypocritical they seem and that’s okay. Personally I’d rather be seen as a sinner that can look myself in the mirror and smile than a hypocrite that has to constantly beg, or at least ask, for forgiveness.
We’re not perfect and we’re not meant to be.
If we’re made in God’s own image as some would claim then it would indicate that God isn’t perfect either, no matter how many would seek to refute that statement. But we’re made in His image right? Oh wait, we’re “representatives” of his image, I forgot. That still seems to indicate that He is less than perfect. No? My reasoning still isn’t sound? Well then perhaps someone needs to spell it out for me. At this point however it would sound like a lot backpedaling rather than an honest and clear discussion. The idea that a creator can be perfect and create something that is imperfect is all well and good. But the idea that we’re made in His image in all ways seems like a silly thing to say.
If we’re made in His image in all ways then God is not only fallible, but He’s a sinner too. You can just imagine the arguments that would chime in from this one and I welcome them. After all, God is the biggest threat to humanity next to humanity itself, wouldn’t you think so? From the stories His wrath is something akin to a kid tossing an ant hill off a cliff to see who survives and who doesn’t. Okay, not the best example, but bear with me.
The reason I’d rather be a clear-cut sinner rather than a sycophantic hypocrite is simple: I can admit what I’ve done and ask for forgiveness, I don’t feel the need to pray that my sins are going to be washed away. Praying is all well and good, but the memory of those sins remain, therefore the act still happened, and the ramifications might still be felt for some time after. You can move forward and accept it, you can pray for forgiveness, and you can own up to what’s been done. But bending a knee to pray to God each and every time we sin seems a bit like overkill.
If we were to pray that every sin we’d ever committed would be expunged we’d spend every day in church most likely, or at least every day in prayer. That might seem all well and good for some, but I prefer to say thank you if my sins are forgiven and just move on.
You can be a sinner and still keep a clear conscience.
Every single person will sin in their life at least once if not more. It’s not a question of if, it’s a matter of when. People are not born perfect. It’s not something that has ever happened or will ever happened, as human beings are not without sin, no matter who they are. You could be the most saintly, pure person in the world and there will be something you’ve done or said in your life that will be counted as a sin. Humanity is not made to be spotless when it comes to the morality of our actions.
But keeping a clear conscience is something far different. While we do sin, it is possible to make amends. It is possible to turn around and do the right thing. It is entirely likely that we might see the error of our ways and strive to do what it takes to reverse any sinful actions we’ve taken.
Sometimes being a sinner that can look at themselves in the mirror is far better than being a hypocrite that must imagine the face they see is one of a saint.