. . . as sin!

May 21, 2014


I was looking for a specific product at a hardware store last week, apparently in vain.  When it became obvious they didn’t have what I needed and I would have to look elsewhere, the clerk sympathetically commented,” What a sin!”
An inconvenience yes, a nuisance maybe, but hardly a sin.
It kind of made me think of a conversation that I overheard about Croc footwear when they first came out. The final opinion of those involved was that they were incredibly comfortable but “ugly as sin.”
Now granted ,Crocs are ugly, at least as ugly as earth shoes and probably even uglier. I’ve maintained that Crocs don’t actually float, they’re just so ugly the water repels them. But ugly as sin? I don’t think so.
Sin is the deliberate violation of God’s will and God’s law. It’s not an inconvenience and it’s not a nuisance, it is sin. And it is ugly and it is dangerous and the Bible says it will separate us from God.
So let’s be careful that we don’t minimize and trivialize sin by flippantly using the word to mean what it doesn’t.
On the other hand, let’s be careful that we don’t minimize and trivialize sin by calling it a mistake or an oops.
Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.