Flipping Pennies

The large room with high ceilings lined with shelves of books served as the high school library and study hall. Ms. Christy, the librarian and a teacher, had an office in the corner of the room surrounded by two walls only eight feet tall, so the walls did not go all the way to the ceiling.

One day I watched a classmate flip a penny over the wall where Ms. Christy was working.  It clinked and pinged on the concrete floor. The classmate stealthily looked busy studying at his table. Ms. Christy came to the door of her office, surveyed the dozens of students and went back into her office.

Everyone snickered and nothing happened. That looked like fun so the next day I decided to do it too. I flipped the penny over the wall. Ms. Christy came to the door, surveyed the room, looked straight at me and motioned for me to come to her office.

“Did you do that?”

“No.” I lied.

“Don’t lie to me,” she replied.

“Yes, ma’am, I did it,” guilt had instantly overwhelmed me.

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

1 John 1:8-9 NLT

Our nation and we as individuals stand before a holy God who created us and sent His Son to die for our sin because He loves us! Today our nation is trying the same old tactics as I did as that kid in Junior High.

We simply deny we have sinned.  A popular response is to “say we have no sin.” The reasoning goes like this: if someone has a natural inclination to adultery or homosexuality, then that’s just who they are, therefore it is acceptable behavior, not sin. Already child molesters, monsters who rape children, are saying that this is their “sexual-orientation” and they should be accepted as normal.

But this is self-deception. “We deceive ourselves.” No matter how one wrangles the argument, sin is an affront to our holy Creator. And “the truth is not in us.”

The solution is not to redefine sin to make it acceptable. The solution is to “confess our sins” to God. That means to agree with God.  We must agree with God’s word in the Bible that sin is sin, it is not acceptable to Him, we must turn from it, and accept His gift of new life, a new way of living in His Son Jesus Christ.

If we can justify acts of sin as normal behavior, then the supreme sacrifice of God’s Son on the cross was unnecessary. But Christ’s atoning sacrifice will “cleanse us from all wickedness.”

By the way, Ms. Christy accepted my confession and I gave my word not to do it again.

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Pastor Denny

Pastor, Husband, Father, PawPa

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