“”When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. Yes, people sinned even before the law was given. But it was not counted as sin because there was not yet any law to break.” Romans 5:12-13
Our church has been following a daily guide for praying for our nation and this passage really struck home with me in that context. Our nation is slowly getting to the point where nothing we do will be illegal in the eyes of the government and, of course, our crime rate will go down because of that. But is it still sin? Just because we make it easier for a woman to get a legal abortion in America, does that mean that killing that child is not a sin? What happened to God’s Word that says “Thou shalt not kill”? Does the law erase the sin? Recently our government passed a law that legalized gay marriages; but God’s Word tells me that homosexuality is a sin. “Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people–none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.” I Corinthians 6: 9a – 10 What about legalizing drugs? Does harming your body and others make it alright just because the world tells us it’s legal? There are so many ways that we as a country are making it easier to sin without the guilt; but if you are a true believer, the Holy Spirit will remind you when you sin. The question comes in, are you looking for ways to validate the sin?
God’s Word explains why we should look to His Word alone for what is right and wrong and not at man’s laws in a country that is slowly, no, quickly, turning away from what is right in God’s eyes. “Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” I Cor. 6:11 Ask yourself, have I truly called on the Name of the Lord or do I just want a false sense of security in eternal life? God saved you through His Son Jesus Christ to walk in fellowship with Him while on earth. The only way you can do that is to daily confess your sins, both hidden and evident. If you truly believe that your life is sinless, do this exercise. For the next 30 days, wake up each morning and pray, “God, I give my life over to You. Forgive me of the known sins in my life. Let your Holy Spirit reveal to me the hidden sins so that I may confess them to You for forgiveness. Give me a willing heart to turn all my sinful ways over to You.”
“The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith. But some people have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time in meaningless discussions.” I Timothy 1:5-6
“Lord, deliver me from meaningless discussions that defend a sin that I know is wrong in your eyes. Release “self” within me so that I have more room for You in my life. Restore the joy of my salvation and make me pure. Amen”