A recent headline from CBN News caught my attention: “Most Americans Believe They’re Sinners, but Disagree On What To Do About It.” According to a poll, there were three ways that people are dealing with it. One, they are working on overcoming it. Two, some are relying on Jesus Christ, and three, others responded by saying that sin does not exist anyway so it doesn’t really matter.
One thing the article did not cover is the very nature of what constitutes sin. It can be different things to different people. So, we need to define it. The Christian and biblical definition of it is separation from God. Along with this would be a tendency to do wrong things, have wrong a attitudes or motives, or making bad or destructive choices. And there are not varying degrees of sin. Society sees one sin as being bigger than another, like for example, murdering someone as opposed to saying an angry word to another person. God, however, sees it all as sin, stemming from a heart condition that is void of God. So, in the recent poll taken it really cannot be known what people were thinking when they were asked the question about being a sinner. And how many could have defined the word if asked? It is interesting, however, that most Americans, no matter how they define it, consider themselves sinners.
The subject of sin also includes the area of free will. Each and every person has been created with a will to choose how they think, which can be reflected in their attitudes, how they talk, act, behave, and the kind of choices tishey make. So why do so many people choose to think in ways that results in what many might refer to as sin? Doesn’t this say something about the nature of humanity as a whole, and each individual person. They have a heart separated from God. Being a sinner does not mean that you are a bad person or have had a bad past! Even the best of people are sinners. Even those who society would consider a good and decent person may have anger issues, or they may think wrong thoughts about another, etc.
I mentioned the three things in the survey that people are doing in coping with their sin. To those who said that sin doesn’t exist I would ask them how do they account for all of the evil in the world, or people making wrong and destructive choices? Working at overcoming sinful habits like alcoholism by going to AA, for example, is good, and it works for many people. The other spiritual strategy is to rely on Jesus Christ.
The real way to deal with sin in our lives is first to admit that we are a sinner. We must then be open to receiving God’s grace and mercy. Romans 5:8 in the New Testament says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” That “us” includes you. When Jesus died on the cross it was much more than simply an event of history. He defeated the devil, the originator of all sin. By doing that each person who calls upon Jesus Christ and freely receives his grace can experience power over sin. And it is a gift. Ephesians 2:8-9 tell us that, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, that no one should boast.”
If you consider yourself a sinner, make this decision today, and experience God’s marvelous and transforming grace.