I have noticed that within the Christian community here in America, we put "sin" if you will, on levels of severity. We as the church body say this is acceptable, yet, this isn't. For example, we have all heard someone say that Jesus frowns on smoking. Now I understand the health complications caused by smoking yet is smoking anymore of a "sin" than something else.
This frustrates me. As A young man who is doing his best to seek justice and the heart of God, I almost feel as though I am seeking after the heart of man and the "church" rather than the heart of God. It's sad when I am almost forced to follow guidelines that are put into place by human hands even if they aren't biblical principles or it's just a piece of the guideline set by Jesus . "Don't drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, or have sex before you are married" is what most preach. Did we as the church body forget about the other biblical no no's?? How about Gluttony, gossip, lying, bearing false witness, stealing etc. Are these things any better or worse than the previous list? No! SO, why is it ok for Pastor Jimmy and the elders to go to country buffet and get nuts and eat 5 plates but it's wrong for me and a friend to have a conversation over a beer?
So could someone please help my young mind break some of this nonsense down??