My search for Sin! Broken People
A very rhetorical statement that should get our attention in a moment’s awareness. Why would anyone seek to find sin if indeed they are followers of Christ? I’ll tell you why; because it has become the easy way to satisfy the emptiness we all are susceptible to. All of us can readily confess to the idea that an empty soul may haunt our daily prescription of a need that does not appear to be fulfilled.
In a world full of disappointments, tragedies all around us, and a dim view of the term “looking for the light at the end of the tunnel” never quite appears in our vision. Where and when will this light come into complete view of a searching soul and allow us to find what was hidden due to the sin we sought first.
Using the words taken from Paul’s 2nd letter to Timothy paints a realistic prophecy from nearly 2,000 years ago where he categorizes “The Dangers of the Last Days.” “But understand that there will be terrifying times in the last days. People will be self-centered and lovers of money, proud, haughty, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, irreligious, callous, implacable, slanderous, licentious, brutal, hating what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, as they make a pretense of religion but deny its power.” (2 Tim 3: 1 - 5). Think this is just a warning for that current society? It is more prevalent today, 2023, that even then as Paul was administering a teaching warning to Timothy in his future ministry.
Take a look at our current acceptance in society of the very condition we are viewing on a daily basis at what the youth are being led to admire and pursue. So as not to make too much about some of the symptoms flooding the social media, one result of self-interest is selfies with our cell phones. It could appear to be funny or the thing to do that shows how much we love to spread our appearance around the net. Somehow we are letting people everywhere know we exist and here's proof of it. Parents used to keep tabs on their young children like where are you going at this late hour, or make sure you’re back home at a specified hour. Doesn’t happen very often, or in most cases never.
What about the sense of church attendance, not only with our growing children but adults as well. How about the manner in which too many are feeding the thoughts of pride and ungratefulness into the minds of those whose faith is so weak that only disobedience to authority appears to be the rule of the day.
A broken people; that is unfortunately too many of our families and close friends. We must turn back to the bible, and ask for the One who died for our disobedience, Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Paul continued his admonishment to be handed on to Timothy’s followers; “I charge you in the presence of God and of Jesus Christ who will judge the living and the dead, and by his appearance and his kingly power: proclaim the word; be persistent, whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths. But you, be self-possessed in all circumstances: put up with hardship: perform the work of an evangelist; fulfill your ministry.” (2 ™ 4: 1 - 5).
If you’re not aware of the above attitudes Paul spoke of to Timothy, be it known that everyone of those are rampant in our current society and there is no clearing of any of these in the future.
You and I are working with a broken brotherhood, of which without the Power of the Holy Spirit and the Sacrifice Christ gave for our redemption, will not be saved as their souls will have no connection to the Blood of Christ which is the life-line of all humanity.
Ralph B. Hathaway