I heard a man say once that his drug of choice had a voice that kept calling him. No matter how hard he tried to leave it alone it would always call him back to the crack house. Even after giving it up for months that familiar voice would eventually speak to him and call him back to start using again. That voice, the one that silenced the voice of reason and hope, that voice seemed to speak louder than any other.

Sin is like that, isn’t it? In spite of our best efforts to resist, in and of ourselves we are helpless to defend ourselves against those voices that keep calling. It is only by the grace of God that we who once were bound by the sins of this life are now set free. It’s nothing we did, for as I said we are powerless against the wiles of the devil and it’s only because of the “greater is He that is within you then he that is in the world” that we are who we are in Christ.

Yes, sin has a voice. Through the years the years the church has selected certain types of sin that it likes to focus on. Sins such as homosexuality, drug use, pornography, adultery…..you get the picture. We love to rail against those who practice such sins, choosing to focus on the act of sinning instead of focusing on the desperate needs of the sinner.

Yes, sin has a voice. And the church has selective hearing. We have learned to condemn certain sins but readily accept others. While we look through our spiritual binoculars to be able to detect the adulterer and rush to call one another with the latest gossip, we embrace other sins as though they are somewhat “less evil”. You know the ones I’m talking about……

Gossip
Love of money
Lying
Self Righteousness

Funny how we rationalize things, isn’t it? On one hand we are ready to offer swift judgment upon those who dare transgress what the church has established as the most heinous of sins. Yet on the other hand we willingly turn a blind eye to the sins that we deem as “acceptable”, or not as bad as what those people commit.

Yes, sin has a voice. It has many voices and they are all vying to be heard.

Yet there is another voice clamoring to be heard as well. A voice that says:

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” John 10:27-29 KJV

I know which voice I desire to listen to and by God’s grace I will hear His voice loud and clear.

My prayer is that all of us will focus less on the sin, and more on the sinner who is struggling to overcome.

Be blessed,

Ron

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