Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Justifying Sin

Any sin can be justified. We (with the devil’s help) can twist and shape our sinful words and actions into acts of justice and even kindness. God describes the devil as “an angel of light,” and we are very fond of that little hat-trick. Slight-of-hand is fascinating. “He deserved it.” “Everyone does it.” “I’m only human.” “God will forgive me.” The list is long and creative. There’s not a Commandment on the Tablets that doesn’t have a ready host of good excuses. We might mock men by dancing jigs around the truth, but “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked.” Justifying sin in business, marriage, or secretly in your mind is just a cover-up. You can run, but you cannot hide. Come to the Light!

1 comment:

  1. We're searching for the hope in God's judgments and hard providences. I was encouraged as I read from Ben Houses' book:
    Cultural, moral, and spiritual breakdown in our society demonstrates God's judgment on the unbelief and evil rebellion of our own and recent generations; nevertheless, with this judgment also comes blessings. Herbert Schlossberg said, "There is a sense in which judgment that issues in catastrophe is the only way for good to come, inasmuch as it entails the erasure of evil...Only when judgment falls, said the prophet, will people,'cast forth their idols of silver and their idols of gold' (Isaiah 2:20)" God's judgment brings blessing because it forces Christians to re-examine themselves and their doctrinal standards (I Tim 4:16).