To Sin or Not to Sin, That is the (Theological) Question
My discipler once told me that sin is a heart issue. He’s right. The sinful habits that we do are by-products of what is in our hearts. So it’s important that we deal with our hearts.
I think my discipler is echoing Matthew 15:19:
19For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. (Emphasis added)
While it’s true that sin is a heart issue, further reflection made me realized that it’s also a theological issue. In other words, our view of God—our theology—affects our attitudes toward sin. We may view God as holy, forgiving, gracious, so on and so forth. All of these are true, and meditating on these attributes of God will alter the way we deal with sin. But as a believer in Christian Hedonism, I’d like to emphasize on this truth: God is infinitely satisfying than any sinful pleasures that the world offers. Psalm 16:11 says:
11You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Imagine a person who is offered two hamburgers. He has to choose only one. One hamburger is a regular one. Buns, beef patty, and dressing. That’s basically it. Dull, dry, and lifeless.
Another is a gourmet hamburger. Moist buns, Angus patty, crisp lettuce, fresh tomato and onion, bacon, cheese, and steak sauce. It’s the best one in town. Unlike the other hamburger, it’s tender, moist, and delicious.
Yet the person chooses the regular one in spite of the superiority of the gourmet one. Insane? Yes!
Doesn’t this reflect our condition? We choose the fleeting pleasures of sin and neglect the infinite satisfaction God gives, even if we are aware of it. Sadly, this is true of you and me.
When I’m tempted, I remind myself that God is infinitely satisfying. Together with the Word of God and prayer, this thought helps me overcome temptation and sin.
My point is simple: The way we view God affects the way we deal with sin. So if our theology is right, then with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will be victorious over sin. Thus, to sin or not to sin is a theological question.