This is a continuation of yesterday’s comic strip, but it also gave me an opportunity to think about a more personal definition of sin beyond a list of “bad stuff that’s fun.” The biggest problem that I have with a list like that is how it makes me want to look for loopholes like “Yikes! That’s on the list, but not this! Yippee!” That may be just me though!
So what do you think? If we had to clean ourselves up to have a relationship with God but having a relationship with God was the only way to clean ourselves up, that would be impossible, wouldn’t it?!?
Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Isaiah 55:1 (NRSV)
How can you buy something if you don’t have any money? Not only is God giving us “the movie ticket, popcorn, and an extra large drink,” He is also giving us the money to buy them with! Isn’t this just the best deal ever?!?
But what about the sin part? We really can’t overlook that. What if sin is not so much about breaking rules? What if it’s more about something that keeps you from spending time with Jesus? More specifically, maybe sin is anything about which you would say, “This is mine, Jesus. You can’t touch it.”
“Bad stuff that’s fun” loses its hold and its appeal for us, I believe, when we are in a relationship with God through His Son, Real Life Jesus.