“So What About The Bad Stuff Anyway?”

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. 

7 thoughts on ““So What About The Bad Stuff Anyway?”

  1. That’s a great idea, spreading the gospel via comics. The money issue, that’s all to do with material things versus the spiritual things of god, like when Jesus fed the five thousand with five loaves and two fishes, he didn’t feed them physically but spiritually with his parable teachings.
    A great thought provoking comic blog!

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  2. I agree, “Bad stuff that is fun loses its appeal…” The longer you are with Jesus, the more appealing He is and the more appealing righteousness is, I think.

    It seems to me, some chuches, like the one I used to go to do put the cart before the horse when they give a two page list of what you must believe and how you must act before they will baptise you or let you become a member of their church. They will sometimes study with a person for years until they have everything on the list checked off.

    I didn’t see John the Baptist doing that, or Jesus’ disciples or Stephen. They baptized first, then gave the Holy Spirit and the person time to grow.

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  3. Great post!

    I’ve just been browsing your page and there is some great stuff here! I think the very fact that we view sin as fun things we shouldn’t do is the lie that gives sin its power…and legalism only increases that power. The truth is that God is a good Father who loves his children and gives us everything (even his own life!). Sin is like stealing garbage to eat when there is a feast that already belongs to you. Not only is the garbage we eat unhealthy, but at the root is the lie that we need to steal in order to eat in the first place. The root is that God as something less than the Good Father that he really is! So instead of threatening ourselves and each other with punishment if we don’t stop eating garbage, we need to simply discover who our Dad is. It is enough.

    Thanks again for the great post!

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    1. Stephen, thanks for your kind words of encouragement! I’ve been amazed at the how well these posts have been received. They started as just my own way of thinking through things about my faith in Jesus Christ and many of the things that I’ve picked up over the years from various denominations, books, and messages.

      As you may have guessed, I get some ideas from the way my brain works sometimes in a non-adult way, like using “fun stuff I Have to give up” instead of “sin.” It’s not that I’m trying to diminish sin in any way, it’s just that I’m hoping that a different way of looking at it will help some people.

      Sometimes I’m really concerned about whether or not I’m communicating effectively or not, so I truly do appreciate your positive feedback and I also welcome any questions, even along the lines of “Hey, John, did you really mean to say this?” (The graphic work is easy. It’s the explanations of what I’m trying to say in words that’s the hard part!)

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