Bet I just broadened my reader base. Now both those who want to escape the ravages of sin as well as those who want to know how to do it better have logged on to my blog. I think I will please the former and disappoint the latter.
Remember when we were in Sunday School and the teacher would ask a question, one in which the answer was quite possibly difficult to find? Remember how everyone raised their hands up anyway? And do you remember what answer each of them yelled out? Jesus. That answer, whether or not it was the one the teacher was looking for, would save you the embarrassment of hearing the teacher say, “wrong.” They couldn’t! He is THE answer.
Similarly, when looking at the “why” of life’s pain and difficulties, the answer is always SIN. Maybe I won’t please those looking to escape the ravages after all. Bear with me.
There is no problem in this world in which sin is not THEE factor. “Wait a minute,” you might exclaim, “how can EVERYTHING be attributed to sin?” Consider for a moment the three avenues in which sin affects all of life.
There is the obvious sin, the one that both believers and unbelievers are happy to get on board with; the sins of others. “Bobby did it,” was a famous claim by my husband’s younger brother while they were growing up (there, now I have offended family as well) “We demand justice!” is heard at least once during the 10 o’clock newscast. A person has been wronged, or maimed, or killed and someone must pay. Look at the immediate effort by the Jackson family to pin blame of Michael’s death on a doctor. Never mind the king of pop was notoriously given to prescription medicine. Obviously, in a world full of sinners, someone else’s sin is going to affect you or I.
Then there is the sin of self. Here’s where I lose most of the rest of my readers. Yes, Christians still sin. Folks outside the fold like to call us hypocrites for that. I laugh in the face of that remark! A hypocrite is one who acts in contradiction to what they believe. I, a Christian, believe that I am a sinner. How is that hypocritical? Ok, I digress, that is going to have to be another blog. So we sin, and we suffer the consequences of those sins. If I am going to live the selfish lifestyle my heart so very much desires than yes, I am in fact going to struggle with a difficult life. So is Bob!
The sin we often neglect to give credence to, however, is the sin we suffer from the Fall. When Adam and Eve sinned the entire world, past and future, fell into sin. Death happens because of sin. Cancer happens because of sin. Schizophrenia, tornadoes, migraines, tsunamis, allergies all happen because we live in a broken, fallen, sinful world. When my mom was in the hospital last year a friend mentioned that nowhere is the Fall more evident than in the halls of a hospital. Earth isn’t as God meant for it to be.
Inescapable, huh? You may live your life protected from the sins of others; you yourself may pursue holiness with a vengeance and escape MOST of the effects of your own sin (not likely.) Inevitably, however, we will encounter sin if for no other reason than you and I are dying. Every day.
Glad you read my blog yet? Well, now for the good news. I found a book that has THE CURE for all of these types of sin! Are you with me yet?? The Bible provides the remedy.
The Bible has what I need to handle those who sin against me. “ Then Peter came up and said to him, ‘Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.” Matt 18:15
The Bible provides what it will require for me to eradicate self and selfishness. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16
The Bible has the remedy for natural disasters and psychological ailments (although don’t go looking in it for the type of prescriptions the world offers) “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4
The Bible even has the solution to restore all of those who are dying. The Bible cures death! “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
These next few days I will be taking a break from Because He Loves Me, finishing the last chapter and summary when I get back to Charlotte, and begin my demotions with a new book; Counseling. In order to counsel Biblically, or as I mentioned yesterday “take biblical truth and apply it lovingly, patiently, boldly to our hearts,” (same as counsel Biblically) it is of utmost importance to nail down THEE PROBLEM. Sin is where we start and the Bible is where we end. As John MacArthur states, “Scripture does, after all, claim to be the only reliable resource to which we can turn to solve our spiritual problems.”
Hang on! I think we’re in for a wild journey…