We’re All Humans, But…

“Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Genesis 1:26-27

We Have All Sinned

There is another incontrovertible commonality among all of us humans; ever since that first couple, Adam and Eve, we have all been sinners, and we have the capability of being able to sin at any given time. It is part of our human condition thanks to that first couple who made the cognitive choice to sin in the Garden of Eden by eating of the fruit. To reiterate:

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

Romans 3:23 (ESV)

Time To Put The Excuses On The Shelf?

“I’m human, and I’m a sinner” (or similar variations of each) is not an uncommon statement made when someone is talking about the sin in their life. I have said it myself, and I have heard it said many times by others over the years. Over the past few years, it has become concerning to me. I am now inclined to think that whenever I have used that terminology regarding sin in my life, I must wonder if offering that up wasn’t a means of basically excusing that sin which I was referring to by attributing it to a known condition—my humanness and my sinful nature. I have concluded that in doing so I have been conveniently bypassing a few things to feel better about the fact that I have sinned. And, in doing so I have willfully not acknowledged my personal responsibility in sinning. In short, I am handing off the blame for my sin, just as Adam and Eve did all those years ago. You see, it was not my humanness and sinful nature that made me sin. It was flat out a willful choice that I made, albeit a wrong one. And it is that way each time I sin.

“It seems to me that by blaming the fact that I sin on my human condition and my sinful nature, I am diluting the negative value of sin in my life, and diminishing my ability to grieve my sin. By not taking that responsibility, I am grieving God. By not taking that responsibility, I am also inhibiting the opportunity for positive growth.”

Joe Miller

Do you still make those lame excuses for the sin in your life?

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