By Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski
If you were not spooked by horror films or eerie costumes this weekend, then maybe the media frightened you. The zombies never die, the vampires are still drinking blood, and minions populated the streets. Many folks played pranks, sought after thrills, and consumed too many Reese’s peanut butter cups. Although people love a good scare, there are some things they will not even talk about. Even some words are so petrifying they will not even be mentioned on the street. In fact, most people and even Churches are running from the word sin. This trend is having a horrific impact on society.
It is a hair-raising thought to think that sin exists and the gruesome impact it can have on a person. People want to hear that everything is ok. That there are no right and wrong choices. They want to embrace what seems to make them happy but only brings pleasure for a moment. Some do not want to face its haunting reality so they sweep it under a rug. Others will completely deny its existence and rush from divine accountability. That is why the Bible is becoming increasingly unpopular. The word sin and the truth of scripture are just too spooky for some to handle. This ghastly reaction from the world has caused the Bible to become politically incorrect.
The words of Jesus’s cousin give us the proper way to address sin in Matthew 3:1-2: In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” If you want to deal with it effectively, you do not deny it, sweep it under the rug, or rationalize it away. John taught us that we must change by confessing it and forsaking it. Sin is offensive to God and will separate us from him. It will enslave us, steal our joy, destroy our life, and ultimately lead us to eternal death. Even the loving and merciful Jesus told us to repent or perish. We must take sin seriously because it could become your worst nightmare.
God gave us the antidote to this awful plague in the world. Because of his great love, he gave us his only son Jesus who died on the cross. Now whoever believes in him will not perish but will gain everlasting life. He confronted this problem head on and reached out to sinners. Now we must face it in our own lives since we all have sinned and cannot make it to heaven without Christ. A zombie may not be the scariest thing we see this Halloween. But it may be the true reflection of who we are in the mirror. If we are willing to face reality, confess, and experience true repentance, God will change us. Christ promised he would forgive us and make us a new creature. We can take the mask off to our Creator because he knows where we’ve been. Most importantly, he knows where he wants to take us.
(Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski, Your Brother & Sister In Christ. All comments are welcomed at [email protected])