Since reading some of the discussion at Via Media over the last couple weeks, I've been thinking about the topic of sin.
It is a mistake to solely focus on the behavioral aspect because sin is a symptom of a heart issue. It is said that sin is meeting a legitimate need in an illegitimate way.
There were some great comments this week at Scot McKnight's blog about this topic. Many of you may have read Becky's story. She expressed so well the true nature of sin and its damaging effect on our relationship with God.
We all turn from the heart of God to look for the fixes closer to our faces, that look like they will be the drug that soothes. We want to see ourselves in the heart of God and we fear it at the same time. So we turn to things that distract temporarily, looking for the balm. Our golden calves we make. And when we dance around our golden calves, we are the whores who have left our Lover/God.
Also at Scot McKnight's blog, Scott Morovitz explained the damage of sin very well in comment #60 of this post on homosexuality.
Damage to our relationship with God most naturally works out in idolatry of all sorts and flavors. And the damage to our relationships with other Eikons is expressed and experienced in many nuanced levels of violence and violation...And finally, the cracks run so deeply they damage our ability to appropriately love or relate to ourselves. And those work out as self-destructive sins.
And then the Jesus Creed takes the approach of applying God’s grace in a positive manner to heal those cracks rather than focusing on trying to stick our fingers in the dike and stop the outworking of that damage.
Our natural response to sin in our life is to defend and cover in shame, fearful of anger and punishment from God. However, the punishment for our sins is already accomplished.
God waits for us with an invitation to freedom and healing from the destruction sin brings to our life. He invites us in our weakness, offering grace and empowerment by His own spirit to overcome our struggle with sin.
Rather than chastisement, He offers life, love, and hope. He isn't waiting for us to get our act together before we turn to Him, because He is the cure for what ails us.