When I think of the word "sin," many thoughts go through my head. I wince a little. Words like "ancient," "outdated," "irrelevant" go through my mind. As a Christian, I know this is not true. Sin is a word still used in the Evangelical Church- my pastor talks about sin. Why do I still wince when the word is said on the pulpit? I think the answer is simple: our culture. When was the last time you used the word "sin" in a sentence? Unless it was in your adult/single's Bible study group, it's been a while, right? If we look at our Bibles, we will find that God has a lot to say about sin and how it is still relevant in our culture today.
I have a hard time talking about any type of sin . . . I think it is because I make sin into an action, when it is so much more. Have you ever been in a point in your life where you feel like nothing is working? Your marriage isn't working, no matter how many times you go to counseling. Your work situation isn't working, even though you work your hardest. No matter who you date or how many different YouTube videos you watch about relationships, it isn't working. I think I have a hard time talking about sin because it is tied to a specific action. I don't want to talk about lust, getting drunk, or murder. However, if we look at what the Bible has to say about sin, we realize it isn't just one specific action that makes us a sinner— it's a lifestyle. This is what the Bible says about sin: "For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." One sin isn't any better or worse than the other. Sin is a lifestyle: one that we are all born with. This is why in the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus' words were counter-cultural but relevant. He lists off specific sins and takes each action a step further. If you are angry with a brother or sister, you are subject to judgment. If you have lusted after someone other than your spouse, you have committed adultery. You shouldn't love your neighbor and then hate your enemy— you also need to love your enemy.
Jesus' point is that sin isn't just actions, but a lifestyle. It is sinful to look at your life and not think you need to change a thing. It is sinful to think your opinions are higher than everyone else's; including God's. I've done this in the past, and I still continue do this—do you? When our life isn't the "perfect plan" we wanted it to be, we miss the mark. Not because our life is imperfect, but because we live our lives for our own glory. We miss the mark. We were created to give our Creator the glory. When we live for anything less than living for Christ, we fail to see the bigger picture. Without Christ, everyone lives a lifestyle of sin, and it's not working . . . this is why we need a Savior.
When our relationships aren't working, it is because we live a lifestyle of sin and desperately need Christ to show us the bigger picture. It's not working when we are sitting on our own throne of our own lives. Living for Christ is the only thing that works. Without Christ, we miss the mark of perfection. Without living for Christ, we fail to see the bigger picture. The word sin is relevant in our culture today because we all lived a lifestyle of sin at some point and it's not working.
Hannah Lynn hosts Moody Radio’s That’s Real and is an engineer for Karl and Crew mornings. She grew up as a homeschooler on a tree farm, plays the harp (ask her about harp camp), drives a Prius (don’t judge), and started a fashion blog while a student at Moody Bible Institute (yes, that’s possible). Hannah loves to tell people about Jesus—as a seven-year-old she witnessed to her ballet teacher, then she started a Young Life club while in high school. Now she mentors teens with her husband, John, who serves as a youth pastor.
That’s Real with Hannah Lynn gives a one-minute dose of encouragement and advice to young adults who want to love and live God’s Word. Her fast-paced mix of storytelling and Bible truth helps create understanding between young believers and anyone who wants to follow Jesus one day at a time.