Below is the first excerpt of three from chapter eleven of my forthcoming book Prone To Love. The chapter is entitled, Sin. You can pre-order on Amazon now. It releases February 18th. What About Sin?
We were all sitting around drinking magic bean juice and talking about God. It was a rainy coffee shop day.
“What about sin?” she interrupted rather forcefully.
I was sharing with about ten college students on the perfection of our Father’s love. Imagine this book condensed into about an hour. She had started to get jittery when I began discussing how we are prone to love. I thought it was the coffee, but it wasn’t.
“What about sin?” I queried.
“Are you suggesting we can’t sin?” she asked incredulously.
“No,” I responded.
“Sin has consequences! You can’t just ignore it! If you smoke, don’t be shocked when you get cancer!” She was practically yelling at this point.
I don’t know why she picked the sin of smoking as an example. I think she was just so upset about my seemingly unconcerned inattention to the issue of sin that she had to say something and smoking was the winner. But her point stood: “For the wages of sin is death…” (Rom. 6:23). It says so in my Bible and in hers. And death is a serious problem.
I said, “I am not ignoring sin. I am celebrating the absolute power of mercy and grace. I am not suggesting that there are no consequences or that lives aren’t destroyed by sin, but I am suggesting love trumps every need. I am not proposing that behavior isn’t important, but I am proposing that behavior follows identity. I am not focused on sin because sin is no longer the point; it hasn’t been for two thousand years. The point is life.”
It’s very true: “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:23).
That “but” is the game changer. It transitions our story, it changes the focus from law to love, judgment to mercy and grace, and death to life.
To be continued...