a sin-orientation

There is no doubt that sin is an important fact and factor in our existence, regardless of what the world at large might think. It’s a good—as in fitting—old fashioned word which has suffered for a good number of reasons both at the hands of its friends as well as its enemies. But there is a mindset which seems to see sin nearly everywhere all the time, and is nearly considered holy when it is seen that way in one’s self.

One extreme is to discount sin altogether, across the board, and write the whole thing off, except for worst case scenarios, which even then might somehow be explained away not in terms of sin. The other extreme is what I’m getting at here. Where we need to live surely will take sin seriously at every turn and is open to the light which exposes and probes to ultimately convict, forgive and heal (a good book which helps us do that). And there surely are seasons when we especially need to account for and grieve over our sins (Psalm 51, a good case in point).

What I’m getting at is the failure to take into account all of God’s revelation when contemplating and considering life, whether one’s own life, or the world at large. The cross concerns our sin and the sin of the world and yes at a basic, primary level which can never be stepped over and ignored. But in that, it concerns much more. Does one’s expression reflect all of life, and not just the darkness they find in themselves, or the world? Even this old creation has much good in it. We can find good even in culture, certainly mixed with what is not so good, or not good at all.

Sin should always be taken seriously, but so should everything else. Creation and what is related to that needs to be taken with equal seriousness, as well. God’s will in Jesus given to the church is always sensitive to sin, but has so much more to say. Does our theology which turns out to be what we think and say fit in well with the whole counsel of God found in scripture? Again, this is not to remove the need to take sin seriously, always. But to avoid an orientation in which it is all about sin and salvation from sin. It is that and much more.