If you are worried about sins you have committed, you need not anymore.Â And, if you areÂ like me, and areÂ more interested in the sins of other people than you are in your own,Â that sin is gone as well.
In the parts of the emerging church I am aware of, there areÂ neither sermonsÂ nor judgements about sin.Â Jesus does not make judgements about your sin and others are not to do so either.
That is not to say the word sinÂ has vanished.Â It is thatÂ sin is a self containedÂ loop.Â Â If you sin, you harm yourselfÂ but Jesus makesÂ no judgements about it. What is considered “sin” seems toÂ be behaviorÂ thatÂ isÂ self destructive or harmful to society which returns to harm the individual. The church is not directly involved.
This concept is quite refreshing because it is much like how a nonbelieverÂ would think about good and bad behavior. Nonbelievers see good behavior as that which is not self destructive and that which makes current life better for some or all and ensures a viable world for future generations. Bad behavior is just the opposite.Â
Like all Christians, the emerging church people have scriptures to justify their views on sin.Â I’m not going to list the scriptures here because they would be challenged by others and, in myÂ view,Â are not important anyway.
What is important is that believers and nonbelievers come together to build a sustainable society with some degree of common purpose.Â It seems like this might happen.