Sin
Tuesday, November 3, 2009

 

“May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to you O God! “

 

                I am sitting in the DFW airport as I write this.  And there is no place like the airport to desire that the meditations of my heart be pleasing to my God.  I say that because there are so many interesting sights, fascinating people, and wonders of modern science to be observed.  And except for an occasional encounter with someone you know, the airport is a place where you can exist with some degree of anonymity.  To make a long story short, the airport is a place where sin would be pretty easy.  Yet in the midst of all that, we are called to a holiness of thoughts and actions.

                Sin is something we take far too lightly in our day.  In fact we live in a culture where it is more acceptable to be offensive to God than to be offensive to certain non-godly ideas or people groups.  Condemnation is far more likely for the individual wearing Christian attire than the one who wears (under the guise of freedom of expression) clothing with insults, obscene language, or even cursing God.  Sin in our culture is being politically incorrect, rather than being offensive to God.  In fact, we have lost any good definitions of sin.  We have changed the name of drunkenness and called it a disease; we have changed the concept of adultery and called it a love affair; we have taken homosexual behavior and called it an alternate lifestyle; we have taken crude language and called it street talk; and we have taken the killing of our unborn and called it the right to choose.  But make no mistake about it, God still calls it sin.

                Probably some of my readers are really feeling uncomfortable right now.  I hope so.  I admit, I feel a little uncomfortable writing it.  But we need to shake off the cultural revulsion to sin and truly address what it does to our lives and to the world around us.  We take sin lightly because we do not consider the impacts of sin.  The wars we have experienced in my lifetime all are a result of sin.  One person influences a group of people that a sinful idea is worth pursuing.  Hate for other people groups, racism, bigotry, pride, etc.  are all sins upon which wars are built.  Divorce always begins in sin.  It doesn’t have to be adultery which causes divorce, it could be putting ourselves above our spouses, verbally or physically abusing them, ignoring them, putting them at the back of our priority list.  But make no mistake about it, divorce is always a result of sin.  And the list goes on and on.  Every ill of our culture begins in sin.  You see, sin is when pleasing ourselves is more important than pleasing God.  And when that occurs, bad things will happen.  Even when the meditations of our heart do not please God, the day will be less than a good day, a life will be wrongly impacted, and some ill will occur.  And yes it may be slight.  But as Jonathan Edwards said, “There is not even a blade of grass that is plucked without the whole outcome of creation will be altered.”

                That is what Jesus was trying to tell us in the Sermon on the Mount.  He said if our hearts lust, adultery will happen.  If we have anger against our brothers and sisters, murder will occur.  If we believe divorce is okay, then divorce will happen.  If our word is not our bound, the contracts will be broken and thefts will occur.  Our world’s ills begin when our hearts are in the wrong place.  The effects of one wrong deed become exponential floods of evil when brought to fruition.  So today, meditate on God.  Whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is noble, think about those things and tomorrow we will have a better world.


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