Mocking Guilt

How is the word sin used in modern vernacular? If you think about it, you seldom hear the word sin used in public these days. And, if by chance you hear a person using that word, it is used as a joke or as something sarcastic.

Proverbs 14:9

Fools mock at the guilt offering,
but the upright enjoy acceptance.

While it may seem new to us that people would laugh at the concept of being guilty of sin, this is apparently not new. Solomon knew that fools mock at the guilt offering. Fools laugh at the concept of being guilty. Fools convince themselves that they face no judgment, that they face no eternity, and that the concept of sin is irrelevant or outdated.

Perhaps one of our clear messages to our society needs to be the fact that we understand that sin still exists. Not the sort of sin where a person, with a grin, might ask, “Oooh, do you think I’m a sinner?” No, we need to, with all seriousness, help our culture grasp that there is a God who made us and who has himself set the standard of righteousness. The God who made us is not at all lenient toward rebellion against his standard. Sin destroys. Sin brings death. Sin earns hell. God requires payment for sin.

Only if we understand that sin exists and sin is serious will we be a people who do not mock the guilt offering. You see, only when you realize that you are guilty and in danger of judgment will you love what the Lord has done to cover your sin with the blood of Jesus.