The hidden sin of blasphemy
Acts 22: 20 “And when the blood of your martyr Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.”
Those taking away the life of Stephen were worried their clothes would be taken away by some thief.
So here we have 2 sins being potentially committed, that of murder and stealing, but only one of them is seen as justifiable and only one is being protected against.
Saul protected the clothes and by doing so endorses the killing of Stephen. This was not murder in their eyes. This was a killing, God’s judgment.
But if their clothes were taken then that would be stealing so they protected against this.
Presumably stealing clothes is worse than killing especially if they are the clothes of those handing out Gods judgment.
Thinking you are an agent of God’s judgment in any culture always outweighs everything else. How easy it is for us to focus on the sins of others especially when they could or do hurt us but at the same time lose sight of the blindingly obvious sins we commit against others. When that happens we misrepresent God, something akin to blasphemy.
This is the hidden sin that bypasses most but is mainly found in God defenders not God rejecters.
You see blasphemy is not taking God’s name in vain as much as using Gods name for gain.
It’s the sins that don’t appear sinful that bring the fall.