Where are you?

Dear Church Family,

I recently heard somebody say, “For evidence of human sin, look no further than the news.”

Now, there a sense in which that statement is definitely true. Every day when we watch the news, we see evidence of human sin all around us-murder, assault, robbery, political corruption, abuse of power, the list goes on. But there’s another sense in which that statement can deceive us. It can make us think that we’re doing OK. After all, the sins you and I commit will likely never make the news. However, that doesn’t mean that we’re not still sinners in need of redemption.
Sin is evidenced in the bad stuff that we do, but sin is so much more than the bad stuff that we do. At its core, sin is a relational issue. 
That’s why God, shortly after discovering Adam and Eve have eaten of the forbidden fruit, calls out to them in the garden, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9) God knew where Adam and Eve were physically (behind some bushes). But God’s question wasn’t a question of location; it was a question of spirituality. “Where are you in relationship to me?”
That’s also why David, after he slept with a married woman and then killed her husband, penned these words in Psalm 51: “Against you, and you alone, have I sinned.” (v. 4) Obviously, in committing those heinous acts, David had sinned against other people. But David knew those sins had ultimately torn him from God.
Maybe our sins will never make news, but we’re still sinners. We’re still in need of God to heal, mend, and restore us. Thanks be to God for the gift of Jesus whose death and resurrection makes it possible for us to reenter the relationship into which God made us. Indeed, our sin and brokenness will never match the relentless love that God has for us.
Rejoice in that love!




p.s., I look forward to seeing you this weekend for Celebration Sunday at 10:00 AM. Make sure to bring your Commitment Card as you will have the chance to drop it off at the altar area during Communion. Also, plan to stick around for the potluck and ministry fair afterwards.