Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Being Found Out

…be sure your sin will find you out.

Numbers 32:23b

“I figured that no one would find out.” The famous last words from a husband who’s extramarital affair had just been exposed. That relationship, which at the time had been so important it had to be kept secret, was suddenly caught in high beams proving that nothing can really be kept secret.

Many probably don’t realize that what has become a part of the "moral" fabric of our society is rooted in the Bible. And yet, even though the truth is as “old as the hills”, keeping sin hidden continues to be a favorite past time. A little “white lie”, a “slight” misrepresentation, a “small” omission of facts, a “tiny” twist to the story are all part of what eventually wears down our inward life and we are exposed. Sin will not be hidden.

The challenge for our Christian community today is knowing and identifying sin. In most churches confession of sin is encouraged as an important part of the Christian life and yet, in an environment of total acceptance of all things the lines of “sin” have become blurred. We don't want to judge, so what exactly are we to confess?

Just as nothing can be kept truly secret, neither can sin. Ultimately what is sinful will reveal itself through broken relationships, community or familial discord, heartbreak, soul deterioration, separation from all that one holds dear. Sin is tough that way. It steals our God given gifts, freedoms and purpose, leaving us empty handed. Sin refuses to stay in the shadows.

Jesus, forgive me for the sins I know and those
that have not yet been revealed.
Give me a spirit that rejects what seeks to steal away Your gifts.

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