by Jeri Johnson
A The Kids & Me Contributor
The cold and flu season is upon us. The Covid-19 virus and its variants are still
a matter of concern. Even when we eat right, get enough rest, vaccinate, and fill
up with vitamins, those germs can still invade our systems and wreck havoc in
our bodies. Some people have visible symptoms like a runny nose, cough, or
sneezing. Others’ symptoms are not as obvious, like a sore throat, fever or stuffy
head. But these people are still in need of medication.
Sin is similar to this. Scripture tells us that all have sinned and fallen short of the
glory of God (Romans 3:23). Furthermore, if we say we have no sin, we decide
ourselves and the truth is not in us (1 John 1:8). But some think that God is only
concerned with “big” sin such as abortion or homosexuality. This is not true.
Paul says that neither thieves, nor drunkards, nor covetous, nor revilers would
inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:10). James warns us about what
comes out of our mouths explaining that the tongue defiles the whole body and
is set on fire by hell (James 3:6). And John says that those who love and practice
a lie will not have right to the tree of life just like the sexually immoral and
murderers (Revelation 22:14-15).
When we emphasize some sins above others, we not only give a distorted view
of the Gospel, but we also give some people a feeling that they are safe from
judgement. Just as all cold and flu suffers are in need of medication, all sinners
are in need of a Savior - Jesus Christ. So let us daily set aside time to commune
with God and take our dose of the written Word hoping that each day will find us
better than the day before while realizing that we will not be completely germ-free
until that day we stand before God when Christ presents us without blemish
before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy (Jude 24).