What’s Wrong with Sin?

It was the beginning of a new week, and Mima was feeling lucky. She went to work in her favorite, low-cut shirt which tested the limits of her work’s dress code.

“What’s wrong with this shirt?” She rehearsed what she would say to anyone who dared to confront her. “I like it, so why should I be punished for wearing it? I have my rights.”

Mima was forgetting something; she was the employee. Her boss set the rules. While she was at work, she was expected to submit to his authority… or face the consequences. She thought she had the right to wear whichever shirt she wished, but at work, she didn’t.

This may seem like a no-brainer to us, looking at Mima’s situation from the outside. But sometimes we forget too.

Why is sin such a serious matter?

God is our Boss

God created all things. Want proof?

You [God] alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.

– Nehemiah 9:6

And since He created all things, He owns them all.

To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.

– Deuteronomy 10:14

That makes God our boss. Some people realize this and some don’t. Others realize it, but deny it. Chances are, the countless beliefs in this wide world have caused you great confusion. But regardless of anyone’s personal beliefs, the Truth is objective. God made us, He owns us and He sets the rules for the way we live.

Back to the topic of Sin: What is it?

By definition, sin is breaking God’s rules. This verse here tells us in a very straightforward way:

Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.

– 1 John 3:4

That’s referring not referring to the the law of a particular country, school or workplace, but to the law of God Himself, the Boss of our lives.

God is our Judge

Sin is highly offensive to God. It’s His own hand-crafted masterpieces turning in rebellion against Him. It’s creation deciding it knows better than its Creator. God’s not going to simply ignore something so offensive. In fact, He has set Himself up as the righteous Judge of the earth:

For you have upheld my right and my cause, sitting enthroned as the righteous judge. You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked; you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.

– Psalm 9:4-5

And a few verses later:

The LORD reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgement. He rules the world in righteousness and judges the peoples with equity.

– Psalm 9:7-8

So what’s wrong with sin?

It’s wrong because it is (by definition) rebellion against the rules laid out by our authority. It has very real consequences and one way or another, all sin is punished.

Here are some conversation starters:

  • What is the punishment for sin?
  • Have there ever been times when it looks like a person will get away with their sins?
  • How can we know God’s rules?

Let’s chat now.


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