Thoughts to Resist

“Who can say, ‘I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin’?” (Proverbs 20:9)

Many theologians hold the view that the age through which we are passing lacks a sense of sin. The modern passion for realism urges us to gloss, not to idealize and not to romanticize. You have only to open an autobiography written by a modern celebrity to find sin (though that word is probably not used) being confessed on almost every page.

Thomas Hardy, in his novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles, put these words into the mouth of Tess’s mother when she discovered her daughter’s sexual sin: “Well, we must make the best of it… its only human nature after all and therefore hardly sin.” Christians must resist the brainwashing of the world and learn to call sin. We who are followers of Jesus Christ must not let ourselves off lightly when we find we have fallen, into sin, whether it be in word, thought or deed. Never say about sin: “Well, it’s just my nature finding expression. I don’t like it very much but it’s simply one of those things.” Sin has awful consequences. The Bible says quite plainly: “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).

It is important to understand how the mind’s defenses can attempt to get us off the hook when there is sin in our life. We can find ourselves pleading that our circumstances were exceptional. Or those times have changed. Or that others do the same thing and so it’s no big deal. These are dangerous thoughts and every Christian must resist them. We must recognize sin for what it is, clearly admit it to ourselves, and confess to God the wrong that we have done. We can’t get very far with God if there is sin in our life.