Things are a mess. Ashley Madison. Police officers murdered in cold blood. Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner. Josh Duggar. Gender-neutral bathrooms and pronouns. Ferguson, Missouri. Charleston, South Carolina. Pornography. Planned Parenthood.
Blame is being hurled. Racial profiling. Unfulfilling marriages. Homeschooling. Big Business. Guns. Homophobia.
Every day there’s something new. Every day things get a little worse. Every day another atrocity is committed. Every day something that used to be accepted is considered to be an atrocity. Every day something that used to be an atrocity is accepted.
Confusion abounds. If only we could determine the cause, they say, then we could fix it. We could stop it from happening. And yet, it continues.
But the real cause is ignored. Hey, let’s treat this cancer with a bandaid. If we make heart disease illegal, then it will go away. If we change the rules, then we can still win the game.
There is one cause and one mastermind: sin and Satan.
This is what sin does. This is who Satan is.
Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. James 1:15 (ESV)
“Sin will take you farther than you wanted to go, keep you longer than you wanted to stay, and cost you more than you wanted to pay.” — Pastor Bob Ford
This development takes time. No one has an affair on a whim. No one goes from Average Law-Abiding Joe to cop killer overnight. No one turns on their computer planning to begin a life-long addiction to pornography.
It begins small. It begins with desire. Notice the verse above: “then desire when it has conceived….”
This is both good news and bad news.
Bad news: it can sneak up on us. It can happen so gradually that we don’t even see it. Lions prowl around silently long before they pounce.
Good news: it can be caught early. It can be healed. Conception can be prevented. Contraception is given out in schools. Maybe some spiritual contraceptive training is needed in our churches. Desire doesn’t have to conceive and give birth to sin, and sin doesn’t have to grow into death.
It can be stopped. The desire is not the sin. The dwelling on, the pursuit of, the reckless abandon to, the desire is the sin.
It can be healed. And the Healer is Jesus Christ.
If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action]. 1 John 1:9 (AMP)
Cancer doesn’t need treatment. It needs healing.
People don’t need treatment. They need healing.
Sin doesn’t need a new name. It needs to be confessed, cleansed, and eradicated.
It’s a whole lot easier if it’s caught early. Don’t ignore the signs. Don’t let the “little” sins add up. Go to the Great Physician.
And if that desire has already given birth to sin, there’s still time for healing. There’s still time for reconciliation. Take it to Jesus before it brings forth death. Because it’s just a matter of time.