Do you need anyone to tell you that water is wet? Or that ice is cold? Fire is hot? That shadows are dark, while sunshine is bright? Wind can be windy, and . . . well, you get the idea.

Some things are just obvious, right? But for some reason, we need to be told that sin is “sinful.” You would think that this would be self-evident. But consider the sacrificial system that God commanded for Israel; the whole point was to teach God’s people – over the course of generations – these two concepts:

  • Doing bad things is bad
  • Doing bad things is costly

The Apostle Paul writes in his letter to the Galatians:

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21

Our culture excuses all of these things – makes them seem normal so that we begin to look at our sin (violations of God’s law) and we think “. . . eh, that wasn’t really so bad . . .”

We really should know better. We shouldn’t be surprised that God is intolerant of sin; just look to the cross to see how seriously He takes it. And isn’t it incredible that “envy” and “fits of rage” are listed along with things like “sexual immorality” and “drunkenness?” Looks to me like all sin – not just our “big ones” – are “sinful.” A little surprising?

What really should surprise us is this: in spite of His fierce opposition to sin, He is absolutely willing and eager to forgive us.

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  1. Scott Riggan says:

    Hey Charlie, thanks for joining the conversation! I’m not really talking about monitoring anyone else’s behavior; it’s struggle enough to honestly assess my own failings. I’m as likely as anyone else to excuse my particular list of sins.

  2. Charlie Dennis says:

    You write: “Looks to me like all sin – not just our “big ones” – are ‘sinful.'”

    Yup. The modern church focuses on a few sins and seems to give a pass to many more. So what’s the solution? Nitpick every failing and be a judgmental, critical person? Or just keep silent and let people do whatever they want to do?

  3. Jimmy Shelley says:

    Thank God for forgiveness! You’re absolutely right that the little sins that we don’t get much worked up about are still sins. And of course we’re always much more offended by the sin we see in others while we typically find justification for our own…

  4. Jason says:

    “fits of rage” kinda stinks for me.

    Sadly, justification of sin is just as natural as the obviousness of sin.

    good post, thanks!

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