The Heart of Sin
“…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…” Hebrews 12:1,2
The use of fear to motivate action makes for a shallow foundation. When highlighting the dangers of music, movies, or video games great interest is often awakened. Many individuals are inspired to immediately purge their homes. Unfortunately dying to self is not as simple as breaking a cd or torching a video game console.
As Christians we must challenge the root of sin and reveal in our experience and teaching how much better Jesus is than the best this world has to offer. The truth is we have the potential of doing more harm than good when we unmask the enemy without revealing the Savior. If we fail to address the lies that drive us to sin and the truth that Jesus is enough then we are setting people up for disaster. Conscience is liable to be further silenced and bank accounts drained when sooner or later broken cisterns are hewn out all over again.
The greatest danger of failing to address the root of sin is that people may reinvest in self in ways that are far more difficult to address, namely pride and self-righteousness. More than revealing danger and inspiring fear we must lift up Jesus the infinitely better alternative.
Sounding the alarm against this world's deceptions and distractions is only part of our calling as children of God. Making disciples is our calling and it is about teaching people to drink from the fountain of living waters. It is a painstaking task that requires us to suffer long with people and bear their burdens, just as Jesus does for us. When we love people like this they experience Christ in a way that outshines the idols in their lives. As we address the evils of our time may our focus remain on the wonderful love of Jesus and the power he has to eradicate the love of sin in the heart.
Still Seeking His Face,