Points to Ponder: Sin of Omission
Points to Ponder
Sin of Omission
A Sunday school teacher was teaching on the subject of sin. She asked the class, "What are sins of omission?" One little girl responded: "Aren't those the sins we should have committed but didn't?"
When I last visited my old hometown of Baltimore, I was in the middle of the city where so much violence and drug trafficking occurs. The thing that grabbed my attention was when I sat at a red light and viewed the scenes of hopelessness and decay. Contrasted against that view were the many steeples near and far, poking up over the tops of houses and buildings. In the midst of a city that, like all cities, has experienced the destructive influence of sin, here were the many churches sitting majestically in the middle of it all. How can it be that there are so many churches and yet they seem to have so little influence?
I Peter 4:17 says, "The time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?"
Of course there are churches that are doing wonderful work for the salvation of souls and the glory of God. But how much more has God empowered us to do that we refuse to do, or would rather ignore? Do we curse the darkness, or do we bring the light into our neighborhoods? What needs to be done there? The church isn't here just to make a difference in the world. We're here in Christ's name and by His power to make the world different.
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