Faith Column: Sin is the root of all problems
March 27, 2015
Isaiah 3:9 (ESV), "For the look on their faces bears witness against them; they proclaim their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! For they have brought evil on themselves."
On March 18, I attended the monthly meeting of the Craig Ministerial Alliance. The topic of discussion was the issues facing adolescents in the city of Craig and Moffat County. Our guests who represented the Department of Social Services and the county prosecutor's office shared their concerns about the high rate of delinquency among teenagers here in Moffat County.
As I sat and listened to the discussion and the possible solutions to this problem, it occurred to me that we (the ministers and pastors of the city of Craig) were dancing around the real issue. The real issue, as it always is when these types of issues come up is… sin. Every issue that we talked about had a root cause of sin. Either the sin of the teenager for committing the crime or the sin of the parents who often place the children or adolescents in crisis. It always, always comes back to sin!
We as a culture and increasingly those who call themselves "the church" choose to ignore God's Word. In James 1:23 we are told that God's Word is like a mirror and as the old saying goes, "the mirror does not lie." Romans 3:10-11 acts then as that mirror and tells us what our true condition is: "None is righteous no, not even one; no one understands; no one seeks for God." Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." All of us then are sinners — this is the condition of mankind that we must acknowledge. The ultimate result of sin is that we are then separated from God. If we continue in a life that is consumed in sin, which is any life apart from God, then we will face an eternity being separated from Him. John 3:36 says, "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on Him."
This is the great issue that confronts us as a community and confronts each one of us on an individual basis. We may try to ignore it and we may try valiantly to treat the symptoms of sin like poverty, crime, abuse, drug use, alcohol abuse, but in the end the cause of all of these is sin. In Romans 1:18 Paul writes, "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth."
So what can be done then? We could continue down the path of more committees, more volunteer hours, more food pantries, more foster parents, etc… But all of these ignore the real problem. Or we as the body of Christ could put feet to our professed beliefs. Many of the churches here in town have as part of their statement of faith that they believe in God's word; that it is infallible and that it is the complete basis of life and belief. But what does that really mean? If we say we believe in God then that means that we believe in His Word, which in turn means that we will obey His Word. Over and over Scripture makes very clear that the answer to "life and godliness" is the salvation, which God so freely grants to the sinner.
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God in His word provides the way to salvation. If you have never repented of your sins and believed in Jesus Christ who was fully God and fully man as your Lord and Savior then I encourage you to do so. He is the only way to the forgiveness of your sins, a relationship with God, and eternal life. John 14:6 says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father but through Me."
If you have any questions about what you have read please feel free to call me here at Calvary Baptist Church 824-5222 or you may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.