Christianity Practicing PlayStation Ethics

“Christianity in contrast to many other religions believes in the concept of grace. That is the radical idea that no one is beyond the love of God. That you can be a mafia hitman and if you commit your life to Christ your sins will be forgiven. This is the Christian idea of salvation. But I am noticing that this idea is getting a slightly bit skewed. Many have failed to realise that whilst grace allows us to be free from sin, grace does not give us a free pass from consequences.”

I have been musing on this even before reading this blog post by Mark Sayers on this particular post which i found interesting and helpful.

I am somewhat disturbed with the mindset that believes: a mere confession would be enough to defuse wrongdoing or sin. I have been looking for a definition for this! It’s termed “PlayStation ethics”. PlayStation ethics is the belief that when we mess up, an easy way to fix the problem is a simple push of the reset button, and bam; clean! We start all over again as if nothing happened.

Mark Sayers goes on to explain that

“Thus it is no wonder that many struggle to understand that whilst grace covers a multitude of sins, it does not press the reset button on the consequences of our choices.”

I agree with him. We should not think that whatever we have done wrong in this life a simple confession would erase everything. While God promises to wipe the slate clean, it is not without consequences. Take David for example. After he committed a series of sins and later confronted by Nathan, he confesses his sins.

God forgives him but the consequences were not removed. We could understand this thus by saying while God forgives unconditionally, the rules on this earth is different. We suffer the consequences of our sins or wrongs. It is like being relieved that our parents still love us after we wrecked the car but still having to go through the punishment of being grounded, that sort of feeling.

I think it is important that we make ourselves clear of this. Otherwise we might treat our way of life carelessly. Thinking that if we just confess we defuse our wrongs. This is irresponsible to say the least. God forgives us unconditionally but our wrongdoings will always require a price to pay.

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