The Problem Is Sin

Every problem in this world can be traced back to sin.  Specifically, it’s sin against God.

In other words, every problem in this creation can be traced back to sin against its Creator.

This is the Bible’s message.

In identifying the problem, the Bible also identifies the solution:  Jesus Christ.

The reason most people don’t want to hear about Jesus Christ is that they don’t want to think about what the mention of His name implies: the problem of our sins.  The reason they don’t want to hear about sin is that 1) they are afraid they might be accountable for their past sins, and 2) they don’t want don’t want their future decision-making autonomy to be curtailed.  For these reasons people are constantly putting cotton in their ears so that might not learn anything about Jesus.  They do anything to avoid the subject.

You, however, are not “most people.”  You are willing to hear about sin and about Jesus Christ because, first of all, you embrace the idea of being forgiven of your sins.  As it says in the Psalms:

But there is forgiveness with You,
That You may be feared.
–  Psalm 130:4

Receiving forgiveness for your sins is the way you begin your day, for in the Lord’s Prayer we are taught to say “Forgive us our debts…”  Therefore, you’re not afraid to let the topic of sin arise in your mind.  You know there’s a solution for it.

And as for your autonomy, you’ve learned that autonomy is not all it’s cracked up to be.  As Paul puts it:

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not.  For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.  But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.  I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good.
–  Romans 7:18-21

Because you have tried to stop sinning…and failed, repeatedly, you embrace the idea of someone to help you in your resistance to sin.  Therefore, you’re all ears when the subject of Jesus arises.  You welcome the help!

You accept that sin is always the problem and that Jesus Christ is always the answer – every…single…day.  That you think sin is the problem makes you different from a lot of people, and that you look to Jesus daily to help you overcome this problem makes you different from even more of them.  In their eyes, you are weird; but in God’s eyes, you are normal and they are weird.

Therefore, know for sure that your receptivity to Jesus Christ is what puts your feet firmly on the right path in life: the path that leads away from sin…and toward righteousness, peace, and joy (Romans 14:17).

You look at life the way David did, with trust in God’s solution to the problem of sin:

He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
–  Psalm 23:3

As long as you do this, you will have ceased being a part of the world’s problem and become a part of its solution.

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