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To think on…

Some of the sting is taken from sin if we think of it as a misfortune. Often we do this; we talk of the unfortunate heathen, the unfortunate criminal, the unfortunate delinquent, the unfortunate drunkard. Each time we use the word we are attempting to protect the sinner from the judgment of God by using a word that puts him in a passive, helpless position instead of an active responsible one.

The first chapter of Romans makes it quite clear that even the most debauched heathen are not unfortunate heirs of a sinful heritage, but rather personal participants in a sinful life of their own choosing. They had the light of conscience and creation but they chose the darkness of idolatry and superstition.

Jesus did not talk about sin as a passive misfortune but as an active responsibility: “If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin; but now they have no cloak for their sin” (John 15:22)

Taken from:

Daily Gospel by Paul B Smith, Zondervan Publishing House; Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1964

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