Sophisticated sin

What get's my goat is the prevalence of sophisticated sin in Christian peoples and environments. It seems to be the general consensus that as long as sin is not overt or 'vulgar' then it is permissible. This to me is hypocrisy. It reminds me of the old adage of high brow 'White collar crime' and common 'Blue collar' crime. For those of you who are not aware of these social terms, White collar refers to middle- class and blue collar refers to working- class. Blue collar crime alludes to working class petty crimes such as burglary, assault and alcohol/ drug related crimes. White collar crimes are normally sophisticated crimes involving people in middle and upper classes committing crimes such as fraud and embezzlement.


What strikes me, and many social studies disciplines, is that although the White collar crimes involve a MUCH larger amount of money and calculated deviance, it is Blue collar crime that disgusts society! Why is this?? And why is it that the middle aged accountant who embezzles hundreds of thousands- even millions out of the very company he works for is regarded as a man behaving a bit naughty who got caught , while the middle aged working class man who burgles a house and makes of with a tv set and a stereo is a vile offender, the recipient of social disdain? What is even more curious is how the former man who has craftily robbed his company of life- changing proportions of money will only get a year or two in prison at most. However, the man who robs a home of maybe a couple hundred pounds of goods will get seven or eight years! So the thesis is this: There are classes of crime, and these are not dependent on the severity of the crime- it's the class of criminal!! Does this not sound like the moral situation of our society? Does it not present a curious parallel of the state of the Church today?


I put it to you bluntly, and hope to cause discomfort when I do so. If the White collar criminal is the sophisticated criminal of our society, while the Blue collar criminal is the common, dispiccable offender, then the modern Christian is the sophisticated sinner and the non- believing sinner is the vile perpetrator of gross immorality. It seems to me that the modern day Christian has become adept at sinning in a sophisticated manner. Most concerningly this is not something that such Christians (and at some point we all are) are even aware of. It is almost as though the intellectual consideration of our actions and agendas coupled with 'airs and graces' changes our transgressions from crimson sin to unblemished snow- and all this without Christ! However the man on the street, that is the unbeliever, is a common sinner. Deliberate in wrong- doing, inconsiderate of the victims of their sin or the demise of this wretched society.


The White collar sinner then will be the respectable Church- goer. They may admit on a superficial level that they commit vile sins but how criminal do they truly deem their behavior to be? For instance take idolatry. Do we love the Lord our God with all our hearts and all our souls and all our minds? No. The Christian loves themselves with all their heart and all their soul and all their mind. We will chase after anything that pleases our senses or glorifies ourselves. Now the Blue collar unbelieving sinner does not love the Lord, not with heart, soul or mind. They abide at best by state laws and social standards. They will not adhere to Biblical values. But then why would they? They do not have the inner voice of conviction, the Holy Spirit.


Lets examin the hierarchy of sin we like to secretly support. To do so we could take any one commandment but as far as sin goes, idolatry is the most prevailant in our culture. The average- no, every Christian- laments the lost, the morally depraved. We are grieved at the emptiness the unrepentant know without God at the center of their lives- and yet God scarcely finds himself nominated for the center stage in Christians focus. The goals and ambitions of the Christian claims they're infatuation at any given time. Money and materialism is our self- appointed God and we willingly worship it. However, the White collar Christian is ever the sophisticated sinner and their idolatry is often rationalised as the enjoyment of the blessings God has provided. This is a far cry from the picture of the unbeliever who is deliberately self- seeking and thankless.


A conclusion that comes to mind for me is that the White collar sinner and the White collar criminal share a startling reality in common- a sentence that is far too gracious for reason. While Blue collar criminals and Blue collar sinners are unsophisticated offenders. In society and spiritually they are morally impoverished with an outlook to an even grimmer future. The question that plagues me is this: If we Christians can only ever be Spiritual Paupers but for the unfailing goodness and mercy of the Lord can we cling to this hierarchy any longer or should we turn around and face ourselves?

We the Church must forsake human rationalisation of sin. We must become so inadept at sinning that sophisticated evil is beyond our grasp, let alone our habit.

A solace when we find ourselves in the peaceful eye of the storm where all stands still and we can only see our vile, black and decaying sinful nature and in that omment know that God in His unnabounding grace has brought us face to face with ourselves:

The vilest offender who truly believes, that moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

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someonewhoknows 6 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

Speaking of sophysiticated sinners.There are people who read in the bible that if they believe in jesus Christ and ask for forgiveness that their sins will be forgiven. They forget that there are impardonable sins ,that may not be forgiven.Then too the sinner who thinks they can continue to sin with impunity is in for a surprise.


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gracefaith 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thanks for your comment.

If a person repents and receives the Holy Spirit then there sins are forgiven and they can always go back to the Father for forgiveness for the sins they go on to commit. Of course no one is perfect and we all sin. If a person has the Holy Spirit then they will produce fruits of faith. God saves and works out our salvation by directing and perfecting His children so sin would always be present in us on Earth but we would be distraught at it die to the conviction of the Holy Spirit and the sacrosanct gift of being unable to rest in sin.

Anymore thoughts please share :)

Grace and peace,

Fi


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Aiysha17 6 years ago from UK

Wow Amen to the hub and your comment Fiona! Not much else I can say really, you were bang on the mark with this one chick! xx


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gracefaith 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thanks Aiysha. This concern has been getting my goat for a while so it's encouraging that other Christians recognise it too. Hope your well. Happy Easter!

Grace and peace to you sister,

Fiona :)


Cat Love 6 years ago

heya, i love how you put the 'rationalizing of idolatry' - very well said! I don't know if I can agree that we can ever become inept at sinning... it is part of who we are as human beings. Of course making it a habit is wrong tho, so you are bang on the mark there.

the Catholic Church teaches the different grading of sin (that is where the 'unpardonable sin' comes from) which is unbiblical as ALL sin can be forgiven by Christ. He has ultimate power and is more powerful than the vilest sin, to say otherwise is to undermine the power of God.

these are just a few of my thoughts from looking at thus page and comments, very interesting and thoughtful!

good work Fi

xxx


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gracefaith 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hey Cat, thanks for your comment. Welcome to the Hub! What I meant abut being inadept at sinning was that we should become less sophisticated at it and so be incapable of concealing and rationalising it away. Of course we will always have a sinful nature. but we should be more simple and authentic in our approach to living Christian lives without creating layers of sophisticated sin which seem prettier than it's actual vile nature.

Grace and peace sister,

Fiona :) xxx


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Challah1202 6 years ago from Chandler, TX

I love your passion, but I do think you have tried to do the impossilbe. There is no way to reconcile God's view of sin with man's estimate of crime. We can't get on His page, and he doesn't try to understand our perspective. When I have tried this kind of exercise, I have learned more about the heights of God's glory and the depths of His grace. I admire your efforts. Good job.


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gracefaith 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi,

Thanks for your response. I am not trying to reconcile God's view of sin with man's view of crime. It was a parallel that describes the different approach Christians have of their own sin compared to the sins of non- believers. There is the tendency to place ourselves at the top of the moral hierarchy, and indeed because we are in Christ we are- but this only because of His righteousness.

The parallel of crime was for illistrative purpose only and it was designed to show our sin in the Light as what it is- wretched and vile.

Grace and peace to you,

Fiona


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

gracefaith, All good comments and additions to this discussion. WHAT about treating others with little regard. I see so many people outside of church who turn up their noses at others and walk about in obvious judgement! Whew Lord God Almighty Bless their souls. Thanks and Peace :)


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gracefaith 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thanks Katie,

I agree that we live in a very judgemental socity. We need to show more love and respect to people. I think sadly many in our society feel so underappreciated and there are even some people entirely alone because no one takes the time to reach out. The great thing about the Church is that everyone is welcome and more diversity continues to improve open- mindedness and inclusion.

Grace and peace to you,

Fiona :)


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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

great hub god speed thanks


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gracefaith 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thanks for your response,

Grace and peace,

Fiona :)


SirDent 6 years ago

You have a good grasp on the law of Grace and the duties of believers. Keep up the good work for the Lord.

PS. We call them "pet sins" where I live. ;)


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gracefaith 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi SirDent,

Thanks for your feedback :)I am blessed with a Spirit of willingness to gain understanding. By the grace of God this desire is filled :)

Pet sins...? sounds almost adorable :P

Grace and peace brother,

Fiona


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Cari Jean 6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

I was finally able to read this hub and you have given me much to think about. I guess I've never really thought about it before but you are right that when Christians sin we sort of brush it off but when an unbeliever sins we are aghast! We are the ones who need to be setting the example - or else nonbelievers are going to think it's okay to continue to sin if they become believers. I liked how you discussed the white-collar and blue- collar crimes, I think it helped put everything into context.


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gracefaith 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Cari, thanks for taking the time to read my article, I really appreciate it. I'm pleased you found it though- provoking and I pray that it is a blessing to you.

Grace and peace sister,

Fiona


Djabs 6 years ago from New York

Very well said. Sophisticated sin is more like a modern christian and the numerous compromises. Keep is up girl and more blessings as you do Gods work. Great hub.


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gracefaith 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thanks Djabs. Bless you :)


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dfager 6 years ago from Federal Way, Washington

I couldn't help think about all the religious right republicans who want an unregulated market so lenders and businesses can lie, cheat and steal from their customers with more ease. Not that the left is immune from greed and chasing after power. It seems there's more condenation from state than the church.

Maybe that's the point and the mark of a true Christian. Sin is sin and we've all sinned, all have fallen short from the mark.


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gracefaith 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hey dfager,

I cant claim to know a lot about American politics but thanks for your comment. True, we have all fallen short. Bless you brother,

Grace and peace.


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Ms Dee 4 years ago from Texas, USA

Beautiful! Humans sure are good at 'sugar coating' sin! Our culture sure does want to provide excuses for plane old sin and not see it for what it is, un-love. Amen to everything in your hub article and your comments. Thanks for posting this :)


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gracefaith 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Miss Dee,

Thanks for your comment and for your fan mail. I really appreciate you taking the time to read my work and post. I will be looking at your over the next few days :D

Fiona

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