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Resolved: Obvious Sins?

by in Soul Food

"The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft." (Galatians 5:19-20)

Hey, here's an inspiring verse. Okay, not really. For some reason, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul writes that the sins our sinful natures want to do are obvious — and then lists a bunch of them, anyway.

We're going to look at his list of "obvious" sins for a few days. Why? For one thing, I don't think they're all so obvious to us. Some of them are; others get discounted to "not that big of deal" in our culture. Paul wants us to see that these are really wrong and sinful items no matter what level of "wrongness" our friends and TVs put on them.

He starts with what we all think of first: sex. "Sexual immorality" is taking something good (sex!) and turning it into something immoral by playing with it outside of marriage. Impurity involves the sin of mixing good and bad as if the lines between them don't matter. Debauchery is a kind of wallowing in sexual sin.

Idol worship and witchcraft involve the same sinful impulse — looking for supernatural power from a source other than the good God of heaven. Paul calls them all obvious sins. More tomorrow.

Think: Why does it matter to label some things as "sin"? Do you tend to take "sinful actions" seriously enough? Why or why not?

Pray: Ask God to give you the wisdom and courage to call sin what it is.

Do: Look up the definition of sin in the dictionary. Even better, look it up in a Bible dictionary.

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