There are so many ways we devalue each other and ourselves. There are so many ways we look at one sin different than another. I don't know how God looks at us but I'm pretty sure that we aren't viewing ourselves clearly.
What am I talking about? I'll give an example. There might be 3 people. All 3 mistreat their bodies,their tempels. The first is an underweight woman. The second is an overweight man. The third is at a healthy weight but he/she over exercises and is actively bulimic. As a church who do we trust to lead us spiritually? The underweight lady might be seen as good looking to many. The overweight man probably just needs to 'loose a few' but no big deal he's just hefty. But the bulimic! That one is disordered. The one who takes diet pills or throws up or overexersizes or binge eats, that one is the one "living in sin". He or she needs to stay away from any ministry work until they've recovered. This person is the one incapable of helping anyone until they first help themselves right? Well, I have a different opinion...
You know which speakers drive me nuts sometimes? The ones who talk about their PAST problems. I want to know what u did this morning. I want to know your're human and that I'm not alone. I want to know that you acknowledge your struggles and your sin. Not the ones from 10 years ago but the ones from 10 minutes ago. I need your honesty not your show. See, we are all leaders at our church. More importantly, as Christians we are leaders in this world. We don't have to wait until we've become holy enough. God didn't wait for us to change and we don't need to wait before we start doing His work. We will fail. We'll do it subsatisfactory. We'll grow, fall back, be strong, and be weak. But we can all rest assured in one thing, every single one of us isn't worthy, not the pastor not the guy in jail. We aren't worthy to be called Gods children and to represent Him but he chose us. He chose you. Wherever you're at he chose to dwell inside of you. He chose you to be His physical representation. Don't ever let someone tell u that u can't stand for Christ untill XYZ. Don't ever let anyone tell u you can't lead people for Christ's sake untill XYZ. Because Jesus Christ Himself has already told you otherwise.. he's in you right now saying "live for me because I died for you."
No one sin is greater than another because all of our sins have been covered by Jesus on the cross. Don't let your struggles stop you from living. Don't let shame stop you from serving. Never let fear stop you from loving.