As human beings we have a problem, and that problem is sin.
It is the source, it is the cause, of our unrest, our distress, our misery, and our unhappiness.
At its core, sin entails the struggle between divine will and human will.
Since God is the creator, the source of life, the epitome of love,
it can be presumed that God, when expressing his will,
especially as it concerns restrictions and prohibitions,
has humanity’s best interest in mind.
But the human heart becomes convinced that God does not have our best interests in mind
and that we can choose what we believe is in our own interest.
Another way to put it: we become convinced that God is not to be taken seriously,
that an attitude of faith, where God’s will is accepted as unconditionally binding,
is hopelessly stupid.
Our practical reason convinces us that it is better for us to be lord of our own life.
The commands of God unnecessarily restrain us,
arbitrarily restrict our physical and psychological impulses.
This can be seen in our modern day culture in the reduced interest in moral values,
a lack of concern for the cultivation of good character,
and indifference toward social responsibility and stewardship.
Self-satisfaction has become our highest priority.
Little attention is paid to destructive forces of evil
and to the need of countering these forces with good.
Traditional standards of measuring and determining value
are pushed aside by unbridled egotism and exaggerated claims to individual freedom.
The pursuit of pleasure takes precedence over the pursuit of meaning.
For the Christian today, dealing with the problem of sin
entails taking the life and death, the words and actions of Jesus Christ seriously.
He has our best interests in mind. He can see what we cannot.
He knows what we do not….about life and love.
We talk about making Jesus the lord of our lives
and we do this in response to the problem of sin.
We practice self-sacrifice as the countering force of self-satisfaction.
We confront our resistance to his commands and to his mission.
We accept in faith that salvation is in fact remission of sin, the forgiveness of sin.
That in Jesus Christ we are released from the consequences of sin
and reborn into a new redeemed reality.
Today’s prayer: “O Lord, help us to live in the freedom won for us by the cross of Jesus Your son. Help us to hear Your voice and respond in humility as You call us to forgiveness. Amen!”