In his book “The Problem of Pain,” C.S. Lewis writes, “A recovery of the old sense of sin is essential to Christianity.” Christianity has lost the true meaning and full implications of sin. Sin has become something to shrug off and not think too much about. Shame and conviction are seen as bad things. When these are felt, instead of repenting, the person usually looks to find someone to make them feel better about themselves, usually someone who is struggling with the same thing. And so we end up with a group of people who instead of being repentent are complacent about their sin. They justify it because the next person does the same thing they do. Sin is rarely called by its true name anymore, and its full consequences are rarely discussed. “The wages of sin is death.”
Sin has become normalized. Because of common experiences, the realities of Scriptures are ignored or glossed over. Yes, the second part of the above verse is “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Thank God for that. But have you ever read the full chapter this verse is found in, Romans 6? This is the last verse in a chapter that talks about how if we are in Christ we are dead to sin, and if we are dead to sin how can we live in it any longer (v. 2)?
It’s time to remember the seriousness of sin and the reality of the punishment that awaits those who refuse to repent. “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:26-31). God is loving, but he is also just. He is also to be feared, as we are reminded time and time again throughout the Scriptures. God is not a genie in a bottle who merely grants us our wishes. He is El Shaddai, God Almighty, Creator of the universe, Savior of the world. Do not take his wrath, or his mercy, lightly.