Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Reality of Sin

Today’s topic, sin, is one of those uncomfortable subjects everyone deals with regularly in their lives. We like to make excuses for doing the wrong thing, justifying it as a “necessary evil.” Oh how I hate that term. It’s sort of like “constructive criticism.” We take license to make a poor choice, but in the process, we give up our real freedom as members of the Body of Christ.

Sin is real. That’s all there is to it. It’s as real as the air we breathe and the bodies our souls inhabit. “Without the knowledge Revelation gives of God we cannot recognize sin clearly and are tempted to explain it as merely a developmental flaw, a psychological weakness, a mistake or the necessary consequence of an inadequate social structure, etc.” (CCC pg. 109)

Society has taken a lot of liberties with sin over the centuries. We need not look far to realize that several social norms of the times were and are just plain wrong. Many of them are even legal or have been in the past – abortion and slavery. The laws of the land do not justify individual consciences though. When I finally face Jesus, I will not give him a rundown of the laws of my country. I will answer for myself alone, regardless of the laws implemented on earth.

This is why we must stand against the errors of society in our midst. We must be the voice of reason that does not excuse sin and defends those oppressed by it. We cannot afford to buy into the lies that make sin appear to be anything less than it is: a thwart against the God we claim to believe in. And even if we stand alone, it is better to stand alone with God, than in a crowd without Him.