Sin And Debt

No, if you’re worried, this is not a blog on financial responsibility. We should be responsible but I will leave that up to Dave Ramsey. Mainly because he actually knows what he’s talking about.

When I was a kid, we sang a song that said, “He paid a debt He did not owe, I owed a debt I could not pay, I needed someone to wash my sin away.” Today in our band devotional time, Cody brought up the idea that sin and debt are similar. That got me to thinking.

I believe that one of the most dangerous similarities between sin and debt is the idea that we have it under control. We believe that we can handle it at this level. That a little is not too bad. We count on some unnamed event in the future that is going to take care of it.

What is wrong with a few 3D movies on the credit card? Plus snacks of course. I’ll take care of it at the next paycheck. And unfortunately we often deal with sin the same way. What’s the big deal? They are just little mistakes. I’ll clean up my act soon.

It’s just a few pictures that I shouldn’t be looking at, but I’ll clean up my lust issue when I get married. Unfortunately, sin and especially habitual sin is not just a switch we can turn off when we want to. A lifetime of lust issues are not going to go away because you put a tux on. And the same is true for our pride. For our lies. For our excesses. For our unkind words. For every area of our lives that are not completely committed to God.

“So let us put aside the deeds of darkness, and put on the armor of light.” – Romans 13:12b



Promises Pt. 13

“And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not…. And if you forget the Lord your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them. I solemnly warn you today that you shall surely perish,” (Deuteronomy 8:2, 19).

Do you remember the time…? Yes, it’s a Michael Jackson lyric but it also is from the Bible. And it’s probably more appropriate and powerful there.

Deuteronomy 8 has a beautiful passage where God reminds His people of His faithfulness. He shows them why they can trust, why they can believe, why they can obey. It’s amazing to think how good God has been to us, and it’s very strange to think how quickly we forget. We can be astounded by God’s grace and move on at the next commercial break. God warns us here that if we forget Him, we will perish. For life is found in Him, nowhere else. No matter how much we invest in it. All else will perish.

So today, let’s take time to remember. To remember that He made us – every function we have we owe to Him. To remember He made every good thing we enjoy in life –food, sex, laughter. To remember the cross – the sacrifice He made out of love for us and passion for His glory. To remember the calling – the invitation to partake in His life.

Your thoughts?