ok, so the title of this entry might strike a defensive or even hostile chord in your heart, but it’s an important truth that we “all” need to understand. at times in Scripture, God’s chosen people are referred to as “adulterous people” or an “adulterous generation” or as “adulterer’s.” though the language may seem incredibly harsh and may make us want to cringe, we are adulterers and need to understand why it’s such an important truth for us as Christians and as human beings.
many of us will look at our Spiritual lives and think that we’re doing well or not doing so well and we’ll typically gage this based on a list of actions and morality: i pray or i don’t pray, i read my Bible or i don’t read my Bible, i’m serving or i’m not serving, i’m not ‘sinning’ or i’m ‘sinning’ more than i ought. then, once we’ve assessed ourselves, we’ll make some kind of correction by trying harder. the issue with this is that everything is relational in God’s kingdom and in this world. our spirituality and our growth is not a list of tasks that we “must” fulfill, but a relationship with the living God. doing the right things is meant to be the fruit of a devoted relationship with God through Christ. We, however, make it about self development and self improvement.
So, why are we adulterous? because if everything is relational, then when we sin it’s not merely about doing something wrong or being wrong; it’s about breaking our relationship with God. it’s about breaking our covenant with Him. it’s like breaking our marriage vows (adulterous). i can’t go to my wife and tell her that i love her and am devoted to her but still demand that i will still do whatever i want. that doesn’t make any sense at all.
now, if we look at “sin” in this context, it changes everything. maybe we would grieve more about breaking God’s heart rather than only focusing on our failure. maybe we would understand that our “sin” doesn’t just affect us, but it has impact in our relationships and relationship with God. maybe repentance would look different too since it’s not about doing it better, but about loving more.