Sermon Illustrations

Calvin Coolidge was the 30th president of the United States. He was born in Plymouth, Vermont, on July 4, 1872. And he served as President from 1923-1929. Both his dry wit and brevity with words became legendary. His wife, Grace, told of the time when a young woman was sitting next to Coolidge at a dinner party. The woman told Coolidge that she had bet a friend that she could get at least three words of conversation from him. Without looking at her he quietly retorted, “You lose.”

Well, one Sunday afternoon Coolidge returned home from attending church. His wife wasn’t able to accompany him that day, but she was interested in finding out what the minister said. And so she asked him, “What did the pastor talk about today?” In his characteristically brief response, Coolidge simply said, “Sin.” Well, she wanted to know more than that. So she pressed her husband to elaborate further. But being a man of few words, Coolidge just replied, “He’s against it!”

And that should be our stance as well. When it comes to sin, we should be against it. Why? Because a little sin is a big problem. When you sin, you disobey the law of God, you disregard the person and work of the Savior, and you disrupt your fellowship with Christ.