David Brooks, writer for the New York Times, states, “Sometime over the past generation we became less likely to object to something because it is immoral, and more likely to object to something because it is unhealthy or unsafe. Smoking is now considered a worse evil than six of the Ten Commandments… and the word sinful is now most commonly associated with chocolate.”
“What is this you have done?” the Lord God asked. A single act of disobedience and unbelief sent the entire human race spiraling into a depraved digression of sin and death.
How did Eve respond? How do we respond? It must be someone else’s fault! There has to be a cause… that takes the responsibility off of my back! Surely, deep down inside there is a greater amount of good in me than bad! That’s what Adam and Eve argued… to no avail.
Is every sin we commit equally repulsive to God as that one committed in the garden? Think about this! What about the extra minute of break that my employer paid me for (without his knowledge)? How about that five miles over the speed limit rule, or the quick glance at the co-worker of the opposite sex? Does God really care if I’m honest on my tax return?
What if we had been in the garden? What if rather than “don’t eat the fruit of that tree,” God’s instruction to us was “Buckle your seatbelt.”?
They ate a piece of fruit that God said not to eat! I realize there are theological issues here that we could argue over until the cows come home. But at the end of the day… they ate a piece of fruit that God said to not eat.
Do we take sin seriously? Do we really? Several writers here at Christian Blessings have provided recent works on this topic that lead us to the truths of God’s Word where we find God doesn’t think that a little sin is so little.
Taking a bite of forbidden fruit required the Son of God to endure the wrath of His Father on the cross. The exciting news is that the payment Jesus made when He was crucified was acceptable to God to cover every sin ever committed (and will commit) by every human who ever lived (and ever will live)! Forgiveness is available through Jesus.
We should be careful here, though. Gaining forgiveness doesn’t give us the right to live any way we please. We aren’t given licenses to sin. God will not be mocked by the abuse of His costly grace.
When a person rightly responds to the saving power of the gospel of Jesus Christ, that person is changed into a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). The yearning desire of the child of God is to love and obey his/ her Lord. The ability to sin without conviction is forever gone.
The author of Hebrews warns us with these sobering words.
For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has spurned the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:26-31
Regardless of one’s stance on these verses, they should cause us to look closely at our response to sin. Do we hate sin… as the One who delivered us from our sin does?