Sin rests at center of world's many troubles


By Glenn Martin
Guest Columnist 

What’s happening to us (U.S.)? In recent weeks have been three school shootings leaving seven dead and several wounded. There has been scandal in Washington with one resignation and others accused of cover up. A nurse has pleaded no contest to killing 10 patients in a hospital. 

Our children are being taught not to trust anyone they do not know and some they do know. Sexual predators have found high tech ways of preying on children, youth and even adults. More than 55,000 pornographic Web sites are recruiting all who allow their minds to feed on lust. Our entertainment media is thriving on sex, violence and profanity while exporting it to the world. 

And we can’t figure out what is wrong. 

Biblical answer: “to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:6). 

Almost no one in our academic world of mind study dares mention the word “sin.” We are too busy profiting from our sinfulness to recognize the cause of our consequences. Just as the farmer plants seeds and gets the harvest, so are we harvesting from the seeds we are sowing. 

The basic nature of sin is to ignore truth and do it our way. We even believe that we can divide the world into “adult” and “children.” Becoming PG13 or even becoming 18 or 21 seems to change moral truth and make us legal sinners. Child predators, rapists, killers of school students and families, are usually adults with legal access to the “adult world” which drives unlimited lust. 

A massive news media reminds us daily of consequences, but seems to know little or nothing about the cause. The book we call the Word of God gives us thousands of years of mankind’s rising and falling.  We could ask of every matter, “Is it right or is it wrong in the sight of God?” 

We could return to one who said “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” New creatures in Christ are not dangerous predators. We must deal with spiritual warfare not limited to cultural and social changes. The powers of evil are emerging all around us.  The only power greater is the Holy Spirit of God. 

The radical changes needed in the heart of sinful men are begun when we confess and repent of our sins.  “The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us of all sin” (1 John 1:7b ). Every person we miss with this life changing gospel has potential for acts of evil orchestrated by the power of Satan himself. The mission of the church is obvious. 

Martin is a retired elder in the Mississippi Conference.