Missed Putts

Everyone who plays golf misses putts. I once saw a pro three-putt from four feet! I miss putts, but I do not then assume that is the object of the game! Redefining golf’s rules to make missed-putts favorable to my score is ridiculous.

What if someone often gives-in to the temptation to shoplift at the grocery store, or cheat on his wife, or lie when applying for a job? Would it make sense to say those actions are normal and therefore society must accept them as approved behavior?

I’m sure those from whom they stole, cheated, and lied would not see those actions as acceptable behavior!

Someone might say, “Well, that’s just the way God made me and I’ve got to be me!”

It is true that God is your creator. But the Bible makes it clear that God did not create you to do wrong things.

“And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, ‘God is tempting me.’ God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away.”

James 1:13-14 NLT

It is not wrong to be tempted. Sin occurs when someone gives-in to the temptation.

Everyone has sinned. The Bible says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Romans 3:23 ESV

So how do we deal with this “sin problem?”

One way is to use the reasoning above and normalize sin behavior by renaming it.

Political correctness condemns the word whore and replaces it with escort, homosexuality is now same-sex partner, and fornication is hooking-up or living together.

In effect, our society has eliminated sin. The result is disastrous. Guilt piles up and produces the psychologically sick society we have today. If there’s no sin, then a person has no way of dealing with their guilt and forgiveness from God.

The other way to deal with the “sin problem,” is to do it God’s way. God sent his perfect son Jesus Christ. He was crucified on a cross to pay the penalty for our sin. If we will admit that our sin is a total affront to a holy and loving God and accept his Son Jesus as our Lord and Savior, the sin is forgiven! Guilt is removed! Relationship is restored!

“And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, ‘God is tempting me.’ God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away.”

James 1:13-14 NLT

Our Father, thank-you for sending your Son to die on our behalf that we may be forgiven of our sin so we may truly become what you created us to be.

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Pastor Denny

Pastor, Husband, Father, PawPa

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