Whatever Became of Sin

We live in a world where the word “sin” has almost disappeared from our vocabulary. Even as this has happened, the sense of guilt from sin remains in our hearts and minds, causing us to engage in self-destructive behavior. In 1973 a well-know psychiatrist by the name of Dr. Karl Menninger wrote a book with the title, Whatever Became of Sin? In the book he wrote, “Clergymen have a golden opportunity to prevent some of the accumulated misapprehensions, guilt, aggressive action, and other roots of later mental and mental disease. How? Preach! Tell it like it is. Cry it from the housetops. What shall we cry? Cry comfort, cry repentance, cry hope. Because recognition of our part in the world’s transgression is the only remaining hope.”

Sin by its very nature is a three letter word all of us would like to avoid. This is true particularly when it comes to taking responsibility for our own sins. Yet Jesus had a lot to say about sin. He knew that unless we came face to face with this cancer of sin, it would ultimately destroy us.

It is the “I” in the word sin that is the real problem. Facing the “I” means taking a close look at the sin in my own life. That can be not only depressing, but down right devastating. As Paul said in Romans 7:18, “I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” You know how frustrating it is to have the desire to do the right thing but then not have the ability to carry it out. Well, Paul’s intention is not to frustrate you, but to identify with the struggles you and I have on a daily basis and show us a solution. He goes on and says in verses 24, 25 of Romans 7, “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

Saying that Jesus is the answer is not just a trite religious phrase. His death and resurrection overcome the curse of sin…

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