It is impossible for two people to completely agree on everything. If you are married, you know this is true. Two fallen people living in close proximity to each other will always have a few perspectives and preferences that will never be the same. It is unavoidable.
But what about good conflict? Are there some things in which you should never agree? Are there some things worth fighting for? In our family, we have narrowed it down two things in which Lucia and I will never agree. I have no intention of changing and she is pretty much the same way.
The biggest sinner
Who is the biggest sinner in your home - Paul died. Therefore, his chief or foremost sinner seat was vacated (1 Timothy 1:15). It is more than obvious to me who the biggest sinner is in our home.
When I stand at the foot of the cross and am seen by others under the light of that cross, I am left uncomfortably exposed before their eyes.
Indeed, the most humiliating gossip that could ever be whispered about me is blared from Golgotha’s hill; and my self-righteous reputation is left in ruins in the wake of its revelations. – The Gospel Primer (Free Gospel Primer Quote Poster.)
There is no sin worse than being accused of putting the Son of God to death on a cross. Therefore, from my perspective and through my eyes, there is no question that I am the foremost sinner.
Lucia and I have discussed this many times through the years and we cannot seem to come to a resolution. She believes she is the biggest sinner in our home. It is her prerogative to be wrong.
I suspect if Paul were here, he would chime in by saying he was the chief of sinners. Now that our children are getting older, they are weighing in on the matter by insisting how they are bigger sinners than either one of us.
Just the other night I asked my family, “Who’s the biggest sinner in our home?” Lucia said she was. Tristen said she was. Haydn said he was. While Ansa Katherine, the youngest, said, “Daddy, I’m the littlest sinner in our home.”
Why should something so simple, be so complicated? Though we will never agree, there is an upside: it is...Read