No Longer Devastated
No Longer Devastated
By: Danny Wallace
Not a single day goes by that I don’t get a text, a phone call, or an email from a person saying, “Someone I love has sinned, and I am devastated.”
Please don’t think of me as uncaring, but my first inclination is to respond with, “Aren’t you glad they don’t know about your sin? If they did, they too, would be equally devastated.”
The sins in question can vary, so I won’t bother to name them. It doesn’t matter what they are. Without stepping by faith into the glorious gift of Grace that plunges all of our sins into the Sea of Forgiveness we are all equal sinners.
It puzzles me to continually encounter Christians who are devastated at the discovery of a particular sin in another, but remain oblivious to their own. Is it because we each consider our own sin to be less than the sin of others, or different in some way? Or maybe we tend to think along the line of one of Lynn’s relatives, who is no longer with us. When speaking of someone’s transgression, of which this dear lady most surely disapproved, she would always say, “Well, I know I sin, but I don’t do that!”
This is the muddy, miry, quandary of the Law. It is a never-ending contest as to, “Whose sin is the greatest?” Allow me a moment to shock your religious sensibilities completely out of the water and blow up your theology with a spiritual hand grenade. Under the dictate of the Law it matters not whether you are a common adulterer, or someone who enjoys bacon for breakfast. You are on equal footing when it comes to transgressing against the Law.
Whether you’re a man who has been married and divorced ten times, and the woman you’re sleeping with now isn’t your wife, or you’re just a farmer who let’s his cows eat in the same field as his horses, you are equal sinners unto the dictate of the Law. The Law shows no mercy. It does not deviate – sin is sin, and all are guilty.
This is the beauty of Grace. Grace steps in to satisfy our curiosity and says, “We have all fallen short of the glory of God. We are “all” sinners. By the standard of the Law, God is in an elite club whereby, He is the only member. To get in you would have to keep every Law, and not only keep the written Law itself, but also keep the heart and intent of the Law. Grace asks a simple question, “Who among you thinks you can achieve that?
Amidst the deafening silence, Papa says with a big smile on His face, “I didn’t think so.” So, our Papa steps from glory with Good News, indeed! He says to us, “I am no longer the sole member of my own club. The doors of my house are wide open through the extended arms of my only Son.”
Love came to us from a cross that religion and its Laws will never understand – ending their authority to control and cage man forever. God is saying in the tongue of Grace, “Receive my Son, for He is the doorway to your full inheritance of all that is mine.”
There is no room in the Kingdom of God for and ounce more of passive-aggressive control over others that is veiled as devastation over “their” sin, while our sins remain safely hidden, and unnoticed. We are all sinners. The heart of the Kingdom does not beat people down; it surges with the blood of the One who has given us new life, new hope, and a freedom that only such priceless sacrifice could afford. Once we truly get this we will no longer be devastated, we will be thankful.