Sin. Its Consequences.


It seems like, as a whole, that our culture belittles calling anything a sin. "Purity police" or "self-righteous" gets thrown around when someone calls something sin, especially when it is something that we don't consider a sin. Instead of having a rational discussion on whether something is a sin, people resort to belittling each other.

Yet sin is dangerous. Sin places us outside of the will of God. When we sin, we are not bringing about God's will here on earth as it is in heaven.

Some just focus on getting saved. In that framework, all sin is equal and just separates us from God. We just need His grace to get us right with Him and be saved. Unfortunately, in that framework, we ignore what it actually means to live right with Him and to live saved.

If we just want to get saved, then it may be true that we aren't minimizing anything by continually sinning. Yet if we are concerned with the cause of the kingdom of God, then sin does prevent us from accomplishing that. A sin today has consequences far into the future, even after God has forgiven us for that sin.

Sin damages; that's its nature. It's us missing the mark from the life we are called to live. When we do that, we and those around us miss out.

Yet it seems popular among Christians in general and our society as a whole, to just dismiss sin. We will use the woman caught in adultery and say that Jesus didn't judge her, but that's just not true nor is it the point of the story. Jesus didn't allow her to be killed for breaking the law, but He did judge her and told her to go and sin no more. Despite our culture's great "morality" of tolerance, Jesus instructs us how to judge and tells us to judge rightly. (See Judge Not Or Judge Rightly.)

Sin is horrible for the church. And our belittling people calling something a sin is dangerous. When we treat those who want to teach moral living as jerks, we are close to just tickling our ears and being people who don't call anything sin that we enjoy doing. If we don't teach a morality different from our culture, are we really all that different? Are we really following Jesus? Or are we just being tossed here and there by the common zeitgeist? We can't dismiss sin. Our mission is too important for that.

If we are wrapped up in sin, we are not living in freedom. When we are not living in freedom and being guided by the Spirit, we will have difficulty being loving.

We must get to where we focus on doing good. It's just that sin is an obstacle to that. It doesn't help that the church in America seems to be divided between two extremes: Those who are focused on doing good and those who are focused from abstaining from certain sins.

What if we realized that not doing good is a sin and that being ensnared by sin prohibits us from doing good?

It doesn't hurt to call things that are sin "sin" because we are just instructing people about common pitfalls that prevent us from being Christlike.

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A disturbing piece of WWII propaganda - By His Deeds by John Falter



When I was working on my master's thesis, I ran across this government propaganda from World War II, painted by John Falter. I really could not believe that it was made. It is an amazing piece that links patriotism to spirituality by comparing the dead soldier to Jesus and then asking what you have done to support your troops. Tremendously moving (especially for someone set in that time) and tremendously disturbing (at least to me in this time). It was often inscribed with "By His Deeds...Measure Yours". I have found two instances of magazines printing it. I would assume that there were more.

The picture below was the scan from Coronet, January, 1943. You can read the "By His Deeds...Measure Yours" at the bottom.




In Life Magazine, March 15, 1943, the picture was placed in the middle of the following message.
It is not pleasant to have your peaceful life upset by wartime needs and restrictions and activities....It is not pleasant to die, either....Between you who live at home and the men who die at the front there is a direct connection...By your actions, definitely, a certain number of these men will die or they will come through alive. If you do everything you can to hasten victory and do every bit of it as fast as you can....then, sure as fate you will save the lives of some men who will otherwise die because you let the war last too long....Think it over. Till the war is won you cannot, in fairness to them, complain or waste or shirk. Instead, you will apply every last ounce of your effort to getting this thing done....In the name of God and your fellow man, that is your job.

BY HIS DEEDS...MEASURE YOURS

The civilian war orgainzation needs your help. The Government has formed Citizens Service Corps as part of local Defense Councils. If such a group is at work in your community, cooperate with it to the limit of your ability. If none exists, help to organize one. A free booklet telling you what to do and how to do it will be sent to you at no charge if you will write to this magazine. This is your war. Help win it. Choose what you will do -- now!

EVERY CIVILIAN A FIGHTER
A lasting homage to the Prince of Peace.