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8 ways to rationalize sin from 'The Bachelorette'
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School - Study - Women - Journalism - Program
When I was in graduate school, I participated in a Bible study with three other women in my journalism program. We were the lone Christians in a very secular environment. And having their support and encouragement was extremely important to me.
Yet my relationship with one of them ended in an instant.
Woman - Boyfriend - Issue - Sin - Scriptures
I discovered that this woman was sleeping with her boyfriend. And I remember wanting to just ignore the issue. But I felt compelled to confront her sin because of Scriptures like Galatians 6:1, which says, “. . . (I)f someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently.”
I can’t remember what I said to this friend or how I said it. But I remember vividly her response. Her face turned red and angry and she accused me of judging her. She also said she thought our Bible study was a “welcoming” environment, but clearly it was only for “perfect” Christians. She then cut off our relationship and never returned to our Bible study.
Stung - Lot - Guilt - Rejection - Feelings
That stung. A lot. And I remember wrestling with guilt, rejection, and feelings of failure afterwards.
But over the past three decades, I’ve found that anger, condemnation, and blame-shifting is a typical response when a believer confronts another believer (or even a Christian institution) about his or her sin. Yet, I’ve never seen this dynamic played out on national TV—until recently.
Interaction - Bachelorette - TV - Show - Parker
The interaction happened on “The Bachelorette” TV show and involved two contestants—Luke Parker and Hannah Brown, both of whom profess to be Christians. And though I dislike this show for its voyeurism and immorality and have never watched an episode, I found the two contestants' interaction, which I saw in the clip below, to be incredibly revealing.
In the clip,...
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