Far Above Rubies

"A worthy woman who can find? For her price is far above rubies." (Proverbs 31:10)

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

What is Sin?

I like to read whatever my children read. I like to discuss what they're reading with them. I want to really know them - what they think about life, how they respond to what is happening around them. I can better pray for them if I understand their struggles. So...we purchased Joshua Harris' book, Sex is Not the Problem (Lust Is). My son, his mentor, and his dad are using this book and the accompanying workbook together as they meet weekly. My daughter has her own workbook (designed for women) as well. And I wanted to read it too. This book is powerful. Not just because of the obvious topic, but because it requires us to really look at ourselves as God sees us. In Chapter 7, entitled "Half a Poison Pill Won't Kill You," Josh says:

What Is Sin?

"So what are we allowed to view? It's easy to latch on to a rating system or some set of rules that will make it clear what we we will and won't watch. But no rating system based on content can replace a heart that wants to please God. If we're to honor God with our entertainment choices, we must be willing to carefully evaluate how what we watch affects our love for God. We must be willing to wrestle with our standards and often refuse to watch what others think is permissible. When he was in college, the famous evangelist John Wesley wrote a letter to his mother asking her to give him a clear description of sin. I think he wanted a list of do's and don'ts. But Mrs. Wesley didn't give John what he wanted. She gave him something much better. In response, she wrote:

Take this rule: whatever weakens your reason, impairs the
tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God,
or takes off the relish of spiritual things; in short, whatever
increases the strength and authority of your body over your
mind, that thing is sin to you, however innocent it may be in itself.

It doesn't matter what something is rated, or how popular it is, or how seemingly innocent it appears. If it hardens your heart toward God, if it obscures your awareness of the ugliness of sin and the holiness of God, if it takes the edge off your spiritual hunger, then it's sin. Joel Belz writes, "If you can't bow your head and sincerely thank God for a movie or a symphony or a newscast or a novel--then for you that activity is wrong. Stop arguing with yourself, and move on to something else."

Our time on this earth is short. James 4:14 says, "Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away." Every little decision matters. We are far too comfortable with being comfortable. Are we spending our time for Christ? Are we making each moment count for Him?


At 9:25 AM, Blogger Redeemed said...

Thanks for sharing these thoughts. I find it very commendable that you really want to KNOW your children. May the Lord bless you and your family!!


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