Hey, I have Good News.

March 20, 2009 at 6:26 pm (1) ()

We are sinners.

I had the pleasure of talking to one of my very close friends at work about the church and their views on it, which is always an interesting conversation when it comes up. About how they feel really uncomfortable sitting in a church hearing the pastor say “We are gathered here today in recognition of the fact that we are sinners”. I can see how that would make people uncomfortable, but the truth is, it shouldn’t.

Most people hold it pretty strongly in their minds that sin is doing something.

To sin means to do something bad.

Like a lot of things in Christ, its almost the opposite.

The Hebrew word for Sin is Het, a word that means to miss the mark.

To Miss the Mark. To not get it right … to not be … perfect.

Its unfortunate how someone can feel totally comfortable with hearing a friend tell them “I’m not perfect, I’m only human”, but when someone else says “The world is full of sinners”, their day is ruined.

Why is that so … uncomfortable? When somebody says “Its okay, nobody’s perfect”, I find that comforting. When I mess up, its okay. Because everyone does.

But in something I refer to in my bias as “Republican Theology”, we’re told that sinners burn in hell and suffer for eternity, and sinners are people like rapists and murderers and adulterers.

So I guess when someone at the front of the Church tells you you’re a member of that group, I’m not going to be totally surprised if that makes you a little bit uncomfortable.

The truth of the matter is, though, we’re not perfect. We’re far from it. When I screw up and act too flirty with someone, or I get all angry at stupid little things, those are problems, but I’m pretty sure I’m not going to suffer for eternity as a result. And that’s grounded in my faith as a Christian, believe it or not.

Is it okay to do those things in the first place? No. They’re not good things to do, obviously, but the beauty of sin is that, in the long run, the only ones holding you accountable are yourself and the people around you. God will forgive you.

Jesus came to earth for the salvation of the broken. In the same breath as having come for the prostitutes and the murders, he has come for the poor and the sick. The gossipers and the thieves.

We’re all in this together. Whether we talked behind someone’s back or whether we burned someone’s house down. All sins are equal in God’s eyes, and even though we’re all sinners, God still loves us.

As Paul says here, Christ loves us so much that he was even willing to die for us when were still sinners.

The best news you’ll ever receive is that, even though you’re a screw up, like me, Jesus still died on a cross for you. Picture that you’re about to get hung on the cross, and Jesus goes “No, take me instead”. Because that’s what happened.

And there’s no guilt attached. Jesus did this out of grace. Now, don’t you owe Him your life?

Paul also makes an important comparison about the inherent human nature of sin. We are flawed by nature, according to Adam’s original sin. I don’t even know if I’m a Genesis Literalist, but either way, he has a point. It had to start somewhere. He says just as the sin of one man resulted in the condemnation of all people, the death of one man resulted in the salvation of all people.

ALL PEOPLE. Whether you like it or not, whether you believe it or you don’t, whether you jump and down or sit in silence, you’re saved from your sin. So get over it.

But He died for your sin so that you might die TO your sin. So that you might be reborn in Him. God has flooded our bodies with Holy Spirit, and you feel it. You know you do. That Holy Spirit is God working through you and helping you to live the life you were created to live. We’re not strong enough to do it by ourselves. And through love, you have been given the freedom to believe in it or not. You have been given freedom to save yourself … from yourself. God has already saved you from your condemnation.

All of this through grace. Now, again, don’t you owe Him your life?


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