Far be it from me to judge anyone, but there has been a serious moral shift in the last few decades that is only getting worse. The reason I write this is to discuss the phenomenon of “social comparison,” by which I mean the act of measuring your goodness to the goodness of those around you.
The fact is, unless you find yourself head and shoulders above the average person, you are likely living in sin. This is because the bar for “average” is set so low. These days, so long as you don’t rob, rape, or murder, you’re considered normal. The fact is, though, that our society revels in sin.
Take premarital sex, for instance. The only instance where intercourse is considered undefiled is in marriage: “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4). Yet, more adults in our society have had premarital sex than haven’t. My point with this is not to judge (consider Mary Magdalene), but to point out that this behavior is not only allowed in our society, but upheld as a human right.
As Christians in a heathen world, we have to rise above the “average” person. We have to resist temptation and chasten ourselves to be better servants and workers. It’s not easy, but the payoff is more than worth the trouble.
“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14).