There’s a tendency for us as Christians to hide the things we’re struggling with, especially the sins that are often considered to be particularly “bad.” In 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Paul mentions many “bad” sins that these Christians had formerly practiced: sexual immorality, idolatry, homosexual practices, theft, drunkenness, etc. Many of these are considered taboo . . . more so than other sins.
We often handle these sorts of sins differently than other sins, so it becomes okay to struggle with gossip or materialism or covetousness, but not sexual immorality or drunkenness. We can talk about the former but not the latter. Why is that?
Additionally, the Bible often speaks of the benefits of sharing our struggles with our fellow Christians, but we are usually too guarded in doing so. We speak of “our struggles” only generically, leaving only a small part of us open to the people around us.
In this sermon, Darrell helps us reflect on our motives in hiding our true selves and also to consider the many benefits that might come with being more open with our fellow spiritual travelers.