Kevin DeYoung, Co-Author of Why We’re Not Emergent, recently wrote an article in which he highlighted the devil’s ability to make sin seem normal. We certainly live in a world where sin is highlighted on every stage, in every venue, and for every audience. Sin surrounds us.
Even worse, sin entertains us.
DeYoung’s article has caused me to take a close look at my life and specifically the things that I entertain myself with. Could it be that some of the things that I am laughing at should cause me to weep? Does my love and concern for the lost cause my spirit to flinch at the sin committed around me, or has the shock of sin faded to pleasure?
“Can we truly say our righteous souls are tormented over the lawless deeds we see and hear? Or is more accurate to say we find them funny? Have we made peace with sins that once shocked us? Are we entertained by the things that used to appall us? Have we grown calloused to impurity and comfortable with iniquity?”
If we love the lost, our spirit will grown in their sin. If we love God’s Word, we will be saddened when it is broken in our life or the lives of others. We will say with the psalmist, “My eyes shed streams of tears, because people do not keep your law” (Psalm 119:136).
Take a second to read a few chapters from Romans 1. Do any of these describe you? How about the last one?
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.