MISSING THE MARK
"Knowing isn't everything. If it becomes everything, some people end up as know-it-alls who treat others as know-nothings. Real knowledge isn't that insensitive."
I Corinthians 8:7 (The Message)
The literal definition of sin is to "miss the mark", if you play atheltics and hunt you can relate to shooting or aiming at a target and missing.
I think sometimes us church folks miss the mark entirely when it comes to showing God to the world or letting God be seen through us.
And Yes, I think we are sinning when we allow things to separate us from God. We don't have to cuss, get drunk, do drugs, be gay, or be a liar to sin. Missing the mark is not always an action, but sometimes an attitude.
I think thinking is a good thing. I also thinking knowing is just as important. Most of us if we'd look back we made mistakes or poor decisions because we didn't think. Many of us can also look back on our lives and see where if we'd gained more knowledge we might have done things a little (or alot) different.
However, just as not thinking and not knowing is unhealthy, so is thinking too much or thinking you know it all. The key with anything in life, including faith in God is balance.
Having balance is key to hitting your target in shooting a basket, making a goal, or hitting a target or a moving deer. Shoot off-balance, you miss the mark.
Many of us in our attempts to "out-think" God or our obsession with "knowing" it all gets our lives out of balance and we miss the mark, the point, the ship, the goal.
When our thinking and knowledge get out of whack we stop caring about sinners and lost people. We judge everyone who does not think or believe like us, and we think it is our job to correct the world and everyone who does not line up with us, did you ever stop to think or know that maybe you are the one missing the point?
I've been so wrong about people because I judged their appearance. I've been wrong about something because I thought too much about it, or tried to confine it to a small space.
People don't care how much money you make anymore than they care how much scripture your memorize or how many times a week you go to church. People need to see the love, grace, mercy, and hope of a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ.
Let's not be responsible for shoving people away from God or repelling people away from church, because if we are, we are definitly missing the mark. our ego, knowledge, obessesions, and self-righteous does separate us from God and that to me defines sin.
Let's hit the mark, let's aim to love people, show people there is more to life than what the world has to offer, and let's not overthink our own humanity or limit God to a theology. Let's truly impact our lives and the world by hitting our mark, by joining God where He is.