Skeletons

Posted: April 10, 2010 in Uncategorized

Over the course of my years in “ministry,” I’ve come to a couple of conclusions about sin – the “skeletons in our closets” so to speak.  FIRST, sin that is not dealt with weaves a web of destruction in our lives that entangles our relationships, our drives/desires, our emotions… and does damage in ways that we cannot even begin to fathom.  SECOND, in spite of all our efforts to conceal our sins, sin is ultimately exposed.

The “web” of sin – I don’t think any of us truly can comprehend just how much our so-called “private” or “harmless” (oxymoronic) sins affect those around us.  At best, our sin just hurts our relationships.  At its worst, sin can drag others down into our sins.  And I call this a “web,” because it traps us – it’s far easier to get tangled up than to get untangled.

And it’s partly because of this “web,” that our sins are inevitably exposed.  As our sin impacts other people, what we deem “secret” is, in fact, no longer secret at all, because OTHERS are drawn into it.

Proverbs 10:9 says:  “The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.”  Psalm 69:5 states:  “O God, you know how foolish I am;my sins cannot be hidden from you.”

It will be exposed.  Yet, we still pursue sinful behavior, living in oblivion that sooner or later our world will be wrecked when our sins are exposed.  And worse, when it finally happens, too often we become concerned with “saving our image,” or “finding out who ratted us out.”  Embarrassed and prideful, we become more concerned with our reputation instead of our character (important difference).  We become more concerned with crucifying the EXPOSURE than crucifying the sin that needed to be exposed in the first place.

I’ve had sins exposed.  It’s embarrassing and painful, and often my first gut-reaction is to get defensive and blame anyone and everyone for dragging my sin out into the light.  But lately, my attitude has changed.  I PRAISE GOD when my sins are exposed; otherwise, I might not have dealt with them at all.

Besides, exposure – followed by confession and repentance – is the BEGINNING of rebuilding our character into the Christ-like people God wants us to be.

What scares you more?  Having your sins exposed?  Or never having them exposed?  Think long and hard about this one.  One may be embarrassing.  But the other is death.

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