Torn Apart

by Stan Mitchell
torn-apart2.jpgPerspective is important, but the right perspective is vital! God just sees things differently. We see a night of stolen pleasure; God sees adultery. We see a piece of juicy gossip; God sees a beloved child whose reputation is destroyed.

“There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers” (Proverbs 6:16-19, ESV).

This list of the “Seven Deadly Sins” is misnamed, for of course all sins are potentially deadly, if they are not rectified and forgiven.
Each of the first six sins contributes to sin number seven. The list is a progression (or is that a regression?). “Haughty eyes,” or an arrogant attitude toward others, would distinguish between us and them.
Someone who has a “heart that devises wicked plans” describes a person with an unworthy agenda, and a “false witness who pours out lies” would be a person whose innuendos, gossip and slander cast aspersions on others.
By all of these means, a wedge is driven between God’s people, and this divisiveness God hates most of all!
The Lord is not merely bothered or annoyed with these actions. He “hates” them. They are “an abomination” (the New International Version says “detestable”). God’s perspective contrasts greatly with our tendency to turn a blind eye to these hurtful attitudes.
When it comes to division, it’s not a case of our being blind so much as our being myopic! We see only ourselves.

One Reply to “Torn Apart”

  1. Stan,
    This is a great article, and a well-done take on this list. I agree that we need to think of a new “title” for this passage, as all sins separate us from God.

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