It's Sin, No Excuses
Has Anyone Seen A Plain Old-Fashioned Sinner Lately?
They are hard to find. If the prodigal son were living today, he would not be a sinner. A juvenile delinquent, perhaps; but his parents would be to blame. "there are no bad boys," you know. "His wild oats are just youthful exuberance, a normal rebellion against an unjust society. He must be free to adjust."
There are no liars today. Those fine people are simply extroverts, with imaginative talents that should be properly channeled. They evidence creative ability; their instability is a sign of free uninhabited thought. They may some day become great poets, lawyers....or preachers!
A drunkard is not really a sinner. He has an inferiority complex, and makes a mechanical adjustment (albeit a liquid one) to the problems of today. Besides - he is sick. He beats his wife, starves his children, and is a scourge to society...so he needs our sympathetic understanding.
Adultery may be a sin in far-off slum districts' but not among...movie stars or popular public figures. And do not mention that word when we get close to home. Here it is simply a case of biological maladjustment. The parents were old fashioned and believed in common decency. His sinning, I mean "mistake," is a fault of modern society.
But maybe the murderer is a sinner. On the other hand, he may be the victim of some traumatic experience. His mother was over protective; he was greatly inhibited. He was never allowed to push his oats off the highchair tray, so now he pushed his wife off the Brooklyn Bridge. Poor fellow!
There may be an element of truth in these descriptions; but one element necessary for correction to them all is lacking. We are overlooking the moral-element.
Our generation greatly needs moral responsibility. We must recognize sin for what it is -- SIN. We must cease to substitute human presumption for Jesus Christ, the "Great Physician" who takes away the sins of the world. Like the Prodigal we must be humble enough to say, "I have sinned."
(The above, author unknown)
In our world, how are we ever to address or correct the sin problem if we fail to recognize that we have a sin problem?