2016-01-21 - Whatever Happened to Sin?
Originally Published 1997-11-12
Psalm 12:1 Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail among the children of men.
We, as Christians, are increasingly becoming numbed to sin. It seems as if more and more sin has become an “old-fashioned” word. In some churches, it isn't even used in "sermons".
On television we see sexual acts portrayed in front of us, the language used now at one time was banned. The commercials are addressed to the "gotta-have-it" natures of our beings. And we watch. The music of the world addresses “love” as a momentary thing. We hear people falling in "love", taking care of the moment and moving on to the next "love". And we listen. Our clothes are often the clothes of the world. We go to church wearing our beautiful clothes, made fancy in our beautiful jewelry, driven in our beautiful cars, but our souls are rotten to the core with what we see and hear. As Paul said, “These things ought not to be.” Our standards should not be the same as what we see and hear. How often do we cry out against what God cries out against? Do we exhort each other from the Scriptures? Do we speak to each other in hymns and spiritual songs? Do we lift each other up in prayer and with calls of encouragement?
Psalm 14:2-4a -The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge?
We cry out against the big things, but, too often we sit in our homes watching what is shown us on TV, listening to the music on our radios. We often say that someone should do something about the “condition” of the world, but rarely do we venture out into the world to help people to see what is right. We forget that, often, the ones who should be doing something is us.
Ephesians 5:1-4 - Be ye therefore followers of God, dear children; and walk in love, as Christ hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving thanks.
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My Father, please forgive me. I seem to forget what You have called me
for. I have noticed, Lord, that what I listen to and what I watch determines
what I think about. Lord, You said "Whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever
things are good … to think upon these things". Lord, I know that when my
days are filled with pictures and songs of the world, I don't think about
You and Your will. Please forgive me for ignoring Your nudgings. Teach to
hate what You hate, and to love what You love. Thank you for Your grace,
thank You for Your mercy, and thank You, thank You for Your love. Amen
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All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted