Uncovering the Truth: Covetousness Is Rebellion, Not Passion
Yesterday I wrote a blog on Romans 1:18-25 on how premarital sex is only a sin if we do it to rebel against God’s word of love (Matthew 22:35-40) by idolizing other humans so much that we worship their gods of hate. In that chapter, Paul uses the word “covet” to describe this behavior. To follow up this notion of covetousness, the Bible verse of yesterday comes from Psalm 119 and elaborates on the idea of covetousness in verse 36. Covetousness is anything against God’s will; it is not passion.
Psalm 119:36 contrasts covetousness with desiring God’s testimonies to show that rebellion against God’s word is to covet like coveting another person’s spouse.
However, since God’s will is only that we worship Him by obeying His teachings of love and give Jesus the credit (Matthew 22:35-40), our passions for different interests must not be a sin if we do not hate anyone in the process.
I say this because I have heard Christians tell me that passionate interests like music and pursuing law school when I could not find caregivers to take me are idolizations. To make something idolization and my god would mean that it would have to be my master to the point that I can no long serve the Lord as my Master. Like Jesus said, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24).
God wants us to use our individual talents and passions to serve Him (1 Corinthians 12).