How are we doing at covering our sin? I think the young people would call this an EPIC FAIL. For all of the misery sin brings upon our hearts and the shame and guilt it produces, we do not deal with it very well. In natural self-preservation mode we attempt to minimize the damage and control the situation. That’s not working out well for us. In fact, it’s not working at all.
We Try to Deny Our Sin! Just claim innocence – make up a mantra and go with it. I’m Ok, You’re Ok by Thomas A. Harris came out in 1967 and people have been hanging on to that notion ever since. Just embrace the pluralistic system of our culture – everyone has their own personal truth that is right for them. Ultimately, though, this does not deal with the sin in our lives. John wrote, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 4:8). Just pronouncing that we are not sinners is no more effective that sewing together fig leaves.
We Try to Hide It! We could acknowledge our sin to ourselves, but try to hide it. None of us wants to walk around wearing a sign with all of our sins written on it. But at the same time, working hard to make sure no one else finds out about our sin puts us in an awkward position. More than that, it makes life miserable because we can never let our guard down. A wise man wrote, “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).
We Try to Ignore It! Like Poe’s Tell-Tale Heart, it is hard to ignore the sin in our life. We might self-medicate and numb ourselves to the pain and regret, but ultimately we come out of the stupor and hear the heartbeat. After King David allowed himself to fall in lust with Bathsheba, kill her husband, and use his faithful men to commit murder, he could not ignore what his heart was telling him. In Psalm 51:3 he confessed, “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.” It is hard to ignore sin.
We try to Run Away From it! Change jobs! Change locations! Change friends! However long we delay, the sin remains because we cannot cover it up.
What then? The truth is that you cannot sew enough fig leaves together to hide your sin. There has to be an answer… one that really works. How can our sin be covered up? That is our subject for tomorrow. In the mean time, below are some great Kindle finds!
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