7 But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. 9 The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me. John 16:7-9 (NLT)
This section of the reading plan hit hard this morning. How many times do we define sin around what we believe is bad versus good? It’s so much easier this way because bad behavior is relative. What is bad changes with the times. What is acceptable today might not have been seen as acceptable 50 years ago. It wasn’t that long ago that sex before marriage or living with your partner was seen as unacceptable. Now, if you don’t live with your boyfriend/girlfriend before marriage, people think you are crazy. When we define sin as bad behavior, it’s also so much easier for us to play the comparison game. “At least I’m not as bad as … I’m better than … I’ve never done …” That’s a dangerous game that Satan wants you to believe. Jesus makes it very plain here. “Sin is refusing to believe in me.” That’s the end. It doesn’t change. It isn’t based on popular opinion. It’s an absolute.
Director of Family Ministry