Summary: Sin is something that touches all of our lives and the consequences can be dire. Paul puts it this way: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’s.” Romans 3:23
Confronting and Overcoming Sin
Two elderly, Southern women were sitting together in the front pew of church listening to a fiery preacher. When he condemned the sin of stealing, the two ladies cried out at the tops of their lungs, "Amen Brother!!" When the preacher condemned the sin of lust, they yelled again, "Preach it Reverend!" And when the preacher condemned the sin of lying, they jumped to their feet and screamed, "Right on Brother! Tell it like it is... Amen!" But then the preacher condemned the sin of gossip and the two got very quiet. One whispered to the other, "He’s quit preaching and now he’s meddlin’."
Sin. We don’t like to talk about it, especially when it hits close to home. Many times the topic of sin in the church is like the elephant in the room that no one’s talking about. That’s why we’re going to address the issue of sin head on today. I realized as I was writing this sermon series that we were talking about heaven and hell but hadn’t talked about the keys to hell and that’s sin. So forgive me if I start to move from preaching to meddlin’ but the reality is that sin is something that touches all of our lives and the consequences can be dire. Paul puts it this way: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’s.” Romans 3:23
How did sin come to be? It started with Adam and Eve. God created them and provided everything they needed in the Garden of Eden: food, safety and a place to live as well as an intimate relationship with their Creator and only three simple commands to follow: have children, tend the Garden, and don’t eat the fruit from the Tree at the center of the Garden. Simple right? You know the story: The snake says to Eve, “Are you sure that’s what God meant? Did he really say you couldn’t eat of the tree? Look at how beautiful it is and think how wonderful it must taste.” And so after mulling it over, they took that fruit and ate of it and sin enters the world. When they do, they realize they’re naked and vulnerable. Guilt and shame envelop them. So, they hide from God. And since that time sin has been passed on from one generation to the next. We have struggled with sin ever since. We have two voices in our ears: one is the voice of God who calls us to live in His love and pursue His will and the other is the voice of self which says, “ It doesn’t matter what you do, especially if it doesn’t hurt anybody else. I want it. I deserve it. I earned it.” We hear these two voices every day and in every situation we face. And the question is: “Which voice will you listen to?” Too often, it’s our voice even when we don’t want to. The Apostle Paul experienced this. He writes, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do, I do not do, but what I hate, I do.” Romans 7:15 Sin is something that has touched all of our lives.