October 28, 2018
John 8:34-36 …“Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin…So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.’” vss. 34, 36
There’s not a lot of talk about sin in our day. It’s almost as though it has ceased to be a factor in our daily living. Oh, we still acknowledge mistakes and know that sometimes we do dumb stuff, but in general, we don’t say that we’re caught-up in sinning. The language itself seems old-fashioned. We’d rather talk about psychological or genetic factors that have led us to behave poorly. And it’s always handy to blame our parents for our failures. Some people are particularly interested in getting rid of the whole notion of guilt. They say it’s outmoded, a tool developed by religious folks to keep people in line, and that’s it’s about time for the human race to declare its independence from ancient moral codes and biblical fairy tales. It’s an interesting thought but there’s nothing in human history to indicate that there has been any moral improvement. We keep on doing the same hurtful things to ourselves and others as we have for thousands of years. Changing our vocabulary isn’t going to help one bit. Sin by any other name is still sin, and the only solution available is forgiveness. No wonder people continue to be drawn to Jesus! When he makes us free, forgiveness and guilt are wiped away—and we are truly free!
Thought for the Day: What is my definition of sin?