October 13, 2003

Sin
"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 
physical laws.

Yet so many are content ignoring the spiritual laws 
and principles established by the same One who made 
the universe.

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 
administrative decisions.

But is it wise to separate morality from the rest of 
life?

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 
things.

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 
and corporately.