Thanks to Linnea Spicer for providing this excellent, thoughtful response
“There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which every one in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else; and of which hardly any people, except Christians, ever imagine that they are guilty themselves … And the more we have it in ourselves, the more we dislike it in others.”
- C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, p.121.
The answer to why some consider certain sins better or worse than others lies in the question itself: it is the ultimate sin of Pride, the sin that leads to every other sin and the sin that Lewis calls “The Great Sin” that led to the devil becoming the devil. Many are under the illusion that sin is merely what we do (observable, external actions or behaviors) rather than a state of being (a condition of our souls – permeating our thoughts, will, emotions and desires as well as our behavior – that has no remedy outside of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross).
Anyone can check in with the media and see that in our current cultural climate, it does appear that Christians as a large group set themselves against certain sins (homosexuality, abortion, sexual promiscuity, etc) and yet seem silent on so many other societal sins (violence against the poor, materialism, greed, gluttony, etc). Although, by the grace of God, it does appear that the Spirit is moving hearts within the church to address the latter group as of late, Christianity still seems to get a bad rap for being known more for what they stand against rather than what they are for. And yet it is within proper Christian doctrine where we can safely address pride for what it is – true enmity that pits man against man and man against God. Continue reading