PASTOR'S PEN: Sin besets us all

This weekend must have been one aimed at all the things I do wrong.  First, a friend spoke on archery.  He talked about how archers would shoot their arrows at a target far away.  Someone near the target would check and if he missed then they yelled “Sin!”.  Sin is when we ‘miss the mark’ of perfection and do not obey God.  I certainly miss the mark quite often.

Then on Sunday night in Youth Group, our topic was on how our sin separates us from God.  Psalm 5:4 says, “You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil; with You the wicked cannot dwell.”  God cannot stand to be around sin.  The speaker that evening said, “God hates sin with the red hot passion of 10,000 white suns times 10,000”.  That’s pretty hot!  It certainly resonated with us all that God definitely hates sin.

Romans 6:23 tells us that “The wages (payment) for sin is death”.  Sin has resulted in physical death and an eternal punishment of suffering death.  But this only comes to those who have sinned or “missed the mark”.  Who is that?  Well, Romans 3:23 says, “…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.  No person can make it into heaven on their own merit because no one can reach the goal.

Sunday night I had four teens come up and attempt to do 300 push-ups in 1 minute.  No one came close.  Some gave up early, while others pushed forward to see just how many they could do in one minute.  But whether they did 20 push-ups or 120, they didn’t reach the mark.  Neither can you or I.  We’re all sinners.  We’ve all missed the mark.

So when you look at someone who’s a sinner, realize that you’re one to. When someone struggles with temptation or addiction over and over again, remember that you have struggles with temptation as well.  When someone admits that they need help to overcome a sin, don’t forget that you do to.  We all suffer from missing the mark so show some love and compassion toward your fellow human being who’s struggling right alongside you.