It’s a word that kind of describes how I might talk about something that doesn’t much matter.
Like, We can disagree if you like the mountains and I like the beach.
We can disagree if you like dipping your fries in ketchup and I like dipping mine in honey mustard.
They are trivial.
They don’t really matter.
At the end of the day, who really cares?
But there are other things that we should not consider trivial.
Not the ones I think are “big sins”, but all the sins.
I have this verse in 1 Kings underlined in my Bible,
“He (Ahab) not only considered it trivial to commit the sins of Jeroboam… but he also married Jezebel… and began to serve Baal and worship him.
He considered committing the sins of Jeroboam trivial.
The King James Version says that he acted “as if it had been a light thing”.
Jereboam’s sins were not trivial, because no sin is.
But when we start treating sin like it is?
Like it doesn’t really matter?
Like it is a light thing?
Like it’s no thangggg?
Like it’s naatt a big deal bruh?
It is a problem.
A big one.
We live in a world today where any sins you can think of are considered trivial.
We talk bad about other people, we slander, we judge, we judge others for being judgmental, we laugh at sin, we do not treat God’s Word as the final authority, we are lazy, divisive, selfish and prideful.
And all of those things, we consider trivial. Not that big of a deal.
And yes, I realized that I just said “we” to all of those things.
It is you and it is me.
I have never in my life seen more people blame other people for any kind of sin.
Listen, if I have kept God’s commandments in a certain area, I am quite certain that there are an enormous amount of other commandments I have broken.
I am a sinful person.
I have bad attitudes, selfish and foolish thoughts and prideful words.
And that’s not the half of it!
We are sinful, and then we are justifying our sins.
We are pridefully standing up for one thing while blatantly ignoring another.
We are marching for peace here, and causing division there.
We are quick to promote unity when our candidate wins, and just as quick to pass judgment when they lose.
We are filling our minds with scripture that we have molded to our own beliefs and ignoring the fact that they may be out of context.
We are claiming to be godly, yet grieving the Spirit with the way we treat his children.
We are considering sin trivial.
And it’s not ok.
It’s time to stop.
We need to take a good hard look at what is driving us.
What we are passionate about.
What we are spending our time thinking about and doing.
Am I letting sin slip in?
Am I not noticing a bad attitude creeping in?
Those sins are big deals, because every sin is a big deal.
And if I am not willing to take inventory of my life to see if there are areas that I am allowing sins to come in and consider them trivial? I need to start today.
I don’t think we understand the risk.
Let’s stop calling our sins trivial and let’s call them what they are:
The very things that put Jesus on a cross.
The things that are preventing us from blessings, from peace, from joy.
The things that are putting us in outright bondage.
It’s time we stop considering our sins trivial and realize that they are breaking our relationship with Jesus.
I’m starting today. Will you?