- June 3, 2020
Accordingto the Bible, sin in God`s eyes is not determined by our situation,culture, and likes or dislikes. It is the behavior, lifestyle or anact that goes against His will. This is what offends God, andtherefore it is a sin since His will for us is meant for our good.When we go against it, we show our lack of faith in His intentionstowards us. The nature of sin does not change what was a sin fromthe beginning is a sin today1.The book ‘Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate’ byBridges and Sorenson (2010) places the depiction of sin/ brokennessinto the structure of the Christian doctrine of sin. This reportpurports to draw from the book in discussing why depiction happens,what it tells us about specific contours of work`scultural/historical settings and what this depiction tells us aboutthe human situation. This will provide a unique insights andunderstanding of the human condition and why things are not as theyare intended to be.
Thedepiction of sin/brokenness
Accordingto John 8:7 Jesus tells the crowd that was going to stone a woman forcommitting adultery, that whoever has never sinned to be the firstone to cast the first stone. Since everyone knows in their heart thatnone of them is without sin, no one throws a stone. This acknowledgesthat no man is without sin. Romans 3:23 that states that man hasfallen short of God’s glory because of lawlessness. ‘RespectableSins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate’ by Bridges and Sorenson(2010) is about the subtle sins of believers. It talks about howpeople have become occupied with the major sins in our society andforgotten their more ‘refined` sins. However, despite our sins, weare not to wallow in sins as if without hope. But we should know thatthe Gospel has dealt with both our guilt and the dominion of sin overus. The Bible in the gospel does not only help the human kind inknowing how to address salvation but also how to deal with theongoing sins around us (Wayne, 2010). However, sidelining theteachings of the gospel, the society has coined its own depiction ofsins and what is right and wrong. The difference is in the acceptanceand tolerance of some forms of since as acceptable in the society andothers as unacceptable. In line with this, we have forgotten theteachings of sin and the wages of sin. According to the will of Godall sins are equal and attract the same wage regardless of theirclassification in the society. in trying to provide acceptable levelsof sin and brokenness, the society has strayed and failed inaccordance to the Christian doctrine of sin and salvation.
Accordingto Bridges and Sorenson (2010), being sanctified means beingseparated. Apostle Paul calls them the separated ones. He goes on toexplain that they are separated or set apart for God by God. JesusChrist is the One who gave Himself up for the redemption of a humankind. It is states in 1stCorinthians 6:19-20 that we are not our own, but we were bought witha price. We were bought from sin which is lawlessness. Those thathave been been separated are called saints. However, being separateddoes not mean that one does not commit sin because no one canentirely claim that they love their neighbor as they love themselves.The reality of sin can be experienced from every waking hour inthoughts, motives, and deed. Galatians 5:17 states the reason forthis brokenness being the will of the flesh that is always againstthe will of the spirit. These desires keep man from doing what theydeeply intend to do. It is a war between the flesh and the soul thatis fought every day in the heart of every Christian. However, theawareness of the conflict between the soul and spirit should not bean excuse for brokenness. According to Hagan A, (2014), the sins ofmen are caused by both themselves and factors outside themselves2.There is an original sin that we cannot escape from it is inherentfrom the moment Adam and Eve committed the first sin. The originalsin represents the human total incapacity for good and can only beremoved through redemption.
TheChristian doctrine and brokenness/sin
Inthe culture today, the concept of sin throughout society seems tohave softened. This is because we want to accommodate our modernsensibilities. We have become more tolerant of the brokenness in thesociety of self-centeredness (Hagan, 2014). We tend to concentratemore on the sins of the culture rather than our unrighteousness. Weforget we are part of the culture and sins such as anger, envy,pride, bitterness and lack of the qualities. Paul in Galatians5:22-23 call the fruits of the spirit to being as much sinful ashomosexuality and abortion. This is supported in James 2:10 thatestablishes that whoever keeps the whole commandment but fails tokeep one is held accountable for the entire law, James 2:10.
Accordingto Not The Way It`s Supposed To Be, The Prophets in the Bible werenot afraid to diagnose sin for what it is ‘an old and deepesthuman problem.` As Bridges and Sorenson (2010) call it beingseparated from sin for God, this book describes it as the webbingtogether of God, human, and all creation. The depiction of sin inthis book is that which causes lack of peace and harmony. The writercreates a world of shalom where people coexist with each other in thesame social setting and diverse cultures as there are, but in thiscase peacefully and without sin as they were meant to be. Thus is theworld where all people have united with their God, and each followstheir sole purpose without selfishness but doing what they do as toGod without ‘vandalizing` shalom. However, modern Christianity seesthis as traditional attitudes, despite the fact that it is the truthand the intention of God for all creation to unite humanity Himselfwhich was the original state before sin came to the world. We are notunrighteous because we sin we are sinful because of ourunrighteousness. As it is stated in Roman 1:18 that holding thistruth as unrighteousness is ungodliness it is God that decides whatsin is and not man3.
Theeffects of sin are what have led to the unbrokenness being witnessedin the society today. In 1 King 8:46 sin takes us into captivity. Itdelivers us into the hands of the enemy and puts us into the bondageof corruption where all there is, is groaning, Romans 8:21-22. Westay in this state of slavery until we accept the truth or when weare ignorant of the truth, John 8:32. According to Bridges Sorenson(2010), sin is a spiritual malignant that if left unchecked canspread and even contaminate every area of our lives. It spreads inour inner being entangling ourselves more and more it even leads toits spread to other people since our thoughts and actions have a wayof affecting those around us. Accepting the truth, that we are sinfulin nature can also set us free from the bondage of sin. Lack ofacknowledging our sinful nature leads to self-righteousness, which isself-centered and therefore lawlessness.
Anyact of sin is going against the will of God. Man was created withoutsin and therefore when he disobeys the will of God, he becameseparated from Him. God has created a way of redemption that throughthe righteousness of Christ man is reconciled with Him. However,being sinful is nature. The principle of sin still lurks within us4,and failure to accept that, causes sin to flourish within us and tothose around us. The concept of sin does not change with time orculture it remains to be the same. Trying to make the law fit ourfleshly desires makes us contort this concept. Therefore, sin hasturned what God meant for good to be our foe Genesis 3:4-5, 12-13. The only way to create the harmony between God and man since man fellfrom creation is by redemption through Christ.
WayneGolden. A Close Walk: Applying the Word and Prayer to Daily Living,2010. InternetResources.
Hagan,Anette I. Eternal Blessedness for All?: A Historical-SystematicExamination of Friedrich Schleiermacher`s Reinterpretation ofPredestination. , 2014. Internetresource.
Bridges,Jerry, and Sorenson, Stephen. RespectableSins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate. ColoradoSprings, CO: NavPress, 2010. Print.
1 Wayne Golden. A Close Walk: Applying the Word And Prayer to Daily Living, 2010.Imternet Resourse
2 Hagan, Anette I. Eternal Blessedness for All?: A Historical-Systematic Examination of Friedrich Schleiermacher`s Reinterpretation of Predestination. , 2014. Internet resource.
3 Wayne Golden. A Close Walk: Applying the Word And Prayer to Daily Living, 2010.Internet Resource.
4 Bridges, Jerry, and Stephen Sorenson. Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2010. Print