October 13, 2003
"I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not
sin against you" (Psalm 119:11).
An age-old concept that seems to have been lost today
is the biblical concept of sin. I have to admit that I
feel a little funny writing about it. I rarely hear
sin referred to outside of religious contexts. I guess
I shouldn't be surprised, since the prevailing world
view is secular.
The secular mind has no room for the notion that God
is involved in our affairs. A secular person might
even believe there is a God, yet lives as if God
couldn't care less about how we live. That's why the
concept of sin is an irrelevant concept to them.
Sin is simply being out of sorts with God. God set up
the universe to work a certain way. The Earth, the
moon, the stars all spin and travel according to a
most precise design. Principles such as photosynthesis
are ways we describe how our natural world works.
These physical laws are what enable us to interact
with our world effectively. No decent farmer or
engineer would even contemplate ignoring these
Yet so many are content ignoring the spiritual laws
and principles established by the same One who made
In a recent election in the United States, there were
some allegations made concerning the morality of one
of the candidates. One person on the radio commented
that it didn't matter. The person saw no relationship
whatsoever between the candidate's moral conduct and
their ability to be a leader in society.
Many people agree with this viewpoint. They would
claim that morality and administrative skills have
nothing to do with each other. In a sense that is
true. Moral failure in one area of life doesn't
necessarily mean that they cannot make good
But is it wise to separate morality from the rest of
I think what is really going on here is that people
who disassociate morality from the rest of life do not
actually believe in morality at all. Are they not
really saying that the alleged misconduct is not
misconduct at all? I wonder if the reason why some
people get offended when misconduct is made an issue
is really because they want the freedom to do the same
Whether we accept it or not, God really does care
about our lives. He is the Creator of the Universe.
The Earth belong to him, because he made it and
everything that inhabits it. He therefore has every
right to determine how we are to treat this planet and
each other. The rules that he has set up are not
without reason. As Creator he understands how life
really works. To disregard his rules – to sin in other
words – is to put us at odds with the Creation itself.
To continue to ignore God's principles of right and
wrong will mean our eventual destruction – personally