What’s so great about sin?

9 09 2008

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.” (Ephesians 5:11)

“Back off… I don’t need any of that religious stuff! I’ve got everything I need! I’ve got cars and toys and women and status. What do I need with church and all that Jesus stuff? I’m fine, thanks. I don’t need to change. Its all good. Really.”

Ever heard anyone talk like that? Folks like to think that their life is good without the Lord. Their heart and lifestyle may be full of sin and ungodliness, but the devil has them deceived (and they deceive themselves) into thinking that they’re living the good life. Problem is, in their heart of hearts they know better. They just don’t like to admit it.

The fact is that every sinner, whatever he or she may boast, is ashamed of sin. How do I know this? Think about it…

1. Sinners cover their deeds by giving them new names. They call good evil, and they call evil good. If their sinful actions were really something to boast about, why do they need to disguise them with euphemisms? It’s not revenge… it’s defending my reputation. It’s not greed… it’s getting what’s mine. It’s not drunkenness… it’s getting loose with my crew. It’s not fornication… it’s social networking. Nobody’s going to say, “Hi there! I’m a vindictive, drunken, fornicator!” But you’ll hear them brag about their exploits under other names. Why is this, if sin is really not something to be ashamed about?

2. Sinners do what they do, as much as possible, in the dark. But why should they try to hide their actions if they are nothing to be ashamed about? Fact is that they know deep down that what they’re doing is not right. So they sneak around and keep on the low to avoid being discovered.

3. Sinners are tormented while they are living in sin. Truth told, they find their own acts and lifestyles painful. They stick their hand in the honeycomb, but they get stung in the process. Their conscience accuses them in the very act of sinning. So they put on a hard front, but it only hides a deep inner sense of emptiness and misery. They live in constant fear that the consequences will catch up to them in the end, and the pleasure they think they are gaining from sin only produces more unrest and dissatisfaction. Sin ain’t what it’s cracked up to be. Satan never delivers on his promises.

4. Sinners deny their actions when they are confronted. Now if sin was all good, and being a sinner was a great way to live, why would this be so? Yet every sinner, when his sin is set before his face, will lie and deny that he has done it.

5. Sinners can’t escape a strong sense of guilt for their actions. They try to shrug it off and dismiss it, but their conscience testifies against them in the quiet hours when no one is around to impress. They are restless and unsettled. They fear judgment and condemnation. In extreme cases, this sense of guilt drives them to insanity or even suicide. But why all this if a sinful lifestyle is the good life?

The answer is only found in Jesus Christ. One of my favorite Christian hip hop musicians, shai linne, said it best: “Stop frontin’ and give your life to the Lord Jesus!”

Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28)

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