My Musings

NBD?

NBD?

(Insights on Sin from an Expert)

Confession of sin is rare because we tend to think sin is NBD—No Big Deal. Maybe the sins of others are a big deal to you but what about your own?

The power of pornography to destroy lives and relationships is widely minimized. Many (often those who sell it) claim it can be therapeutic. Make enough excuses for smut, gossip, drug-abuse or cheating, and soon you’ll be singing of their “redeeming qualities.”

Profanity and vulgarity are expected in entertainment and defended as necessary to depict “real life.”

Shacking up (living together outside of marriage) is routine. Some see it as smart to test-drive the car before making the deal. The car? The deal? Is nothing sacred?

With an election coming, America is focused on the economy. Never mind the devastating impact of abortion (even live-birth abortion), illegitimacy, shattered families, suicide, lying, homosexuality, violent crime and other such pathologies. In the ‘90’s, a president committed adultery with a White House intern and lied under oath (perjury). The main defense his party offered was that it was NBD—just a partisan distraction. Some defenders shouted, “Move on!” Others said, “It’s just sex!” Just sex?

The serpent in the garden used the NBD approach to minimize the consequences of sin. He said to Eve, “You surely shall not die.” He promised that sin could open up her eyes. He lied. Nothing closes our eyes like sin. Take it from an expert (King David):

First, sin blocks self-understanding, making honesty impossible. In Psalm 36, King David wrote of the man who “…flatters himself too much to detect his own sin.” (36:2). The king continued, “…he has ceased to be wise and to do good.” (36:3). Self-flattery closes our eyes to reality.

Second, sin blocks prayer, our lifeline to God. The Psalmist wrote, “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” (Psalm 66:18). Confess sin, don’t cherish it.

Third, sin blocks joy. King David learned that when he kept silent about his sin; his body wasted away, he groaned continually, and his vitality drained away. When he acknowledged his sin and stopped covering it up, his burden was lifted (see Psalm 32:3-5). In pain, he once prayed, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation.” (Psalm 51:12).

Fourth, sin blocks love. David wrote, “If a man does not repent, he will sharpen his sword.’ (Psalm 7:12). Jesus expanded on the same idea, saying, “Because of the increase in wickedness, the love of many will grow cold.” (Matthew 24:12).

Above all, Satan hates humble confession of sin. He wants us to boast of our sins and glorify their role in our health and happiness. The modern phrase, “she has a healthy attitude toward sex” does not tend to convey a preference for purity. Sin is not just unhealthy; it kills. Clogged arteries lead to heart attacks. Blocked intestines cannot be tolerated. Sin is deadly because it clogs and obstructs any possibility for a relationship with God, our only resource for genuine hope.

Confession is the key to love, joy, truth and prayer. Covered up, sin enslaves us. Like Dracula, sin hates sunlight. Exposed to the light of day, it is no match for things like love. We cannot know real love, joy, truth or prayer without letting God’s light shine on our sin.

Confession: I write on sin as an expert myself!

 

Photo Credits:
King David
Garden of Eden

 

The views expressed on this blog are personal and belong to Joel Solliday unless otherwise stated. They are not, intended to characterize the views of the Lewiston Church of Christ or other organizations to which I may refer.

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About the Author:

Joel graduated from Pepperdine University with a B.A., completing two majors: Art and Religion. He went on to earn the Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. The views expressed on this blog are personal and belong to Joel Solliday unless otherwise stated. They are not, intended to characterize the views of the Lewiston Church of Christ or other organizations to which I may refer.

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