Proverbs 30:20 “This is the way of an adulteress: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, ‘I’ve done nothing wrong.’ (NIV)
Her loud protests that she didn’t know it was wrong didn’t stop the spanking. Her dad had marched across the road and escorted her home for an unpleasant episode.
As a young girl, my wife and her friend of bad influence were jumping on a trampoline when her dad called her home. “Tell him to wait a minute,” her friend said and then instructed her to make a gesture variously referred to as “flipping the bird” or “peeling the banana.”
At the gullible age of nine she had no idea what the gesture meant but the spanking and talk from her dad convinced her there was something wrong with it and she shouldn’t repeat it to them or anyone else.
The proverb addresses a specific act of sin but the reference is general. The adulteress commits her act of treachery, shrugs her shoulders and says, “What’s wrong with that?” She has no moral standards and lives life selfishly. As long as she enjoys it, it doesn’t matter if her actions harm others.
Like the writer, I too am perplexed. How can a person-in the act of robbing a bank, point a gun at the teller, pull the trigger and purposefully murder them? How can a spouse repeatedly lie to cover up an affair then continue the act? Or how can a person repeatedly abuse a child-even one of theirs? How can I share what I shouldn’t and say, “What’s wrong with that?”
Sin does this whether it is adultery, theft, lying, murder or simply gossip. It confuses and addicts. What was once black and white becomes gray. What we once could leave alone, we now can’t. It changes our perspective and is totally unexplainable. We feel guilt over what we’re doing but keep doing it anyway.
All people are enslaved by sin; we merely express it in different forms-all of which are destructive to us and others. God’s Word gives his perspective on what’s right and wrong. Our duty is simply to obey and align our view with his.
Prayer: Lord, when we are tempted to view sin as insignificant, remind us our sin cost You Your life on Calvary. www.morningliteministry.com
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