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Condoning sin.

I'm sure I'm not the only one whose heard this concept tossed around when discussing loving your neighbor. I just don't get what condoning sin looks like. Any ideas?

Am I condoning sin if I am friends with an adulterer and don't say anything? What if I am friends with them don't say anything to them directly but am praying for the Holy Spirit to show them their error?

(I only used adultery because it seems like a non disputable sin. Although I'm sure someone could use some verse to defend the extra marital activities if they wanted, but that isn't really what my post is about. Wow, I'm highly caffeinated at the moment.)
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Originally Posted by JulySheMustFly View Post
I'm sure I'm not the only one whose heard this concept tossed around when discussing loving your neighbor. I just don't get what condoning sin looks like. Any ideas?

Am I condoning sin if I am friends with an adulterer and don't say anything? What if I am friends with them don't say anything to them directly but am praying for the Holy Spirit to show them their error?

(I only used adultery because it seems like a non disputable sin. Although I'm sure someone could use some verse to defend the extra marital activities if they wanted, but that isn't really what my post is about. Wow, I'm highly caffeinated at the moment.)
You know, I think pointing out someone else's sin is one of the hardest things to do.

A lot of people who are living in Sin are in a big lie that their sin is somehow OK. Or as Jesus said, evil hates the light (John 3:19-21).

Sin is a very difficult thing to point out in another person. Indeed, Jesus has said it's more important for me to look at my own sin first (Luke 6:41-42 and Mat. 7:3-5).

So, I don't know how to confront someone else's sin. I am having a hard enough time confronting my own sin!

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I think samiam gave a good response. I know I sin, and constantly work to avoid the sins. I feel like a hypocrite to point out to others their sins when I am tainted.

I, too, have noticed a lot of people say that if you don't confront the sinner you're condoning his/her sin (the most frequent example given is homosexuality). In both your example and mine, it's difficult to say to someone, whether it be a friend or acquaintance, that they're sinning and need to change their ways. But are we condoning it if we don't? I think that's arguable.

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I think that if we all were more concerned about our own sin instead of those of others, then we would all be much better off.
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For that matter, where is the dividing line between condoning and promoting? Depends on where you're posting, I think.
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Excellent question.
To me, condoning sin is keeping close friendship with someone who is overtly harming others.
An example would be coworkers. When they show themselves to be liars/hypocrites/insert adjective here, I assume a relationship with them that involves hellos, goodbyes, pleases, and thank yous. That's all.
Some Christians will continue to 'hang out' with them, and in my opinion, that is condoning.

So which of us is doing the right thing? Beats me! I only know what's right for me, and I cannot in good conscience pretend to be friends with someone who overtly sins and causes harm to others.
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Originally Posted by Adammi View Post
I think that if we all were more concerned about our own sin instead of those of others, then we would all be much better off.
Man, I'll tell you, Adammi, you post some pretty good stuff.

My guess is that people need a friend more than they need a judge, so I think the prayerful friendliness mentioned by JulySheMustFly in the OP is the right way to go.
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I don't look at it as if, if a friend is sinning I would drop them like a hot potato. I would do my best to encourage them to do the right thing, though, but not stop loving them...that is how God is with us, isn't it?

And if it isn't a dear friend, then I simply don't have standing to condone or not.
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I don't look at it as if, if a friend is sinning I would drop them like a hot potato. I would do my best to encourage them to do the right thing, though, but not stop loving them...that is how God is with us, isn't it?
It is ...as such...but do we know our "insides" before we bolster our best intentions for our brethren??

God is with us...but how do we best assimilate and channel our efforts? We seek our pain to know others first. We help and minister to others knowing that they may not be able to accept our help...then we do it again...and again.

God is with us in the pain of delivering...and receiving.
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