Living on the Edge, Extreme Risk Factor, Fear Factor and such are the favorite programs the present gen watches. Adventure in life is acceptable to a certain extent but what happens when they enter the moral realms? The “just do it” generation replaces most of the labels of the bygone age in order to enter into, what it calls a world of fun and ecstasy.
It is not only a deception but often dangerous to switch the labels. But still, as Annie Graham Lotz writes, they label unbelief as worry, lying as exaggeration, fornication as safe sex, homosexuality as gay, and murder as the right to choose. The carefree generation adopts lifestyles and actions that consider profanity, obscenity and pornography as freedom of expression.
We live in an age and time when the word “sin” is considered a very offensive and to be sensitive and non-offensive we have come up with so many alternative words that try to sugar-coat the idea resulting in camouflaging of sin. The fact is that all of us have uncomfortable feeling about sin.
Therefore we have come up with fancy names and attractive labels – a drunkard is just an alcoholic, a sodomite is simply the one having an alternative lifestyle, and a person who covets his neighbor’s property is only ambitious. But the question to be addressed is – will a fancier name suppress the fact of sin?
Every sin is attractive and truly offers pleasure and fun and that is why temptation is that tempting. But the problem is, pleasure does not last long because – firstly, a sin does not give the same pleasure the second time and it drags you on to higher levels. Secondly, sin gives you a kick and also kickbacks. Sin always looks good and offers fun but leaves you in guilt and shame, apart from several other consequences. You experience guilt by sensing the moral failure a sin and feel ashamed as the failure is exposed to others.
But our feelers and sensors, called conscience, gradually become blunt and we feel neither guilty nor ashamed. Further, to get rid of the residual guilt and shame, we have swapped the labels to announce to the whole world that our deeds are neither bad nor wrong. The question still persists – have we done away with the problem of sin?
We are moral beings and there is a sense of good and bad in us. C. S Lewis rightly explained it in these words – A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. We all struggle with some kind of guilt because of the moral law that is planted in us by the law giver – God. By suppressing that sense, we are only removing the hedge God has placed and are in the danger of exposing ourselves to the ultimate enemy – death.
And to play God we not only deceive the world but also our own selves. Hobart Mower, even though a secular thinker, has once said that the loss of sin has led to the loss of the self. That is what exactly we find in the Bible “When you are dead in your sins…” (Ephesians 2.1; Colossians 2.13)
Friend, what a dead person needs is not a religion that can probably make a bad person good, nor a guru who can guide one to take an upright path but a savior who can make a dead person alive. Jesus came into this world to offer that life to those who confess that they are guilty of sin. The wages of sin is death but, the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6.23).