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National Sins

Paul in his letter to Titus, whom he had left in the island of Crete, wrote, “One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, ‘The Cretians are alway liars, evil beast, slow bellies.’” (Titus 1:12) He then adds, “This witness is true.” The problem was that the Christians there were falling into some of the same sins characteristic of the people around them.

Christian people always need to be careful that they do not fall into the sins of the nation in which they live. What are some of the great American sins?

  1. Profanity is certainly one. The taking of God’s name in vain as well as other forms of unacceptable speech is so common in America that we must all beware lest we fall into this bad habit.
  2. Materialism is another. As a people, Americans seem obsessed with material things: houses, cars, clothes, etc. Money and the things money can buy dominate the lives of many. We must beware that we do not become caught up in the fixation with material prosperity.
  3. Cares of this world is still another. Jesus said, “Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on.” (Matthew 6:25) Then He adds a few verses later, “For after all these things do the Gentiles seek.” (Matthew 6:32). It would certainly be correct to say that after all these things do the American people seek. Let’s be careful that we do not let the cares of this world run and ruin our lives.


The Power of Sin




While sin is something people do, it is also a power in one’s life that takes over, controls and eventually brings ruin.

People who are living a life of flagrant sin usually consider themselves free – free from the restraint of rules. In a sense this is true – a life of sin is a life free from God’s rules, at least for the time being. But there is something else that is not usually considered: a life of sin is a life in bondage to sin. Jesus once said, “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant [slave] of sin.” (John 8:34 See also Romans 6:16; 2 Peter 2:19)

Although we see this clearly in the various addictions such as alcohol, drugs, gambling, pornography, etc., we are not so quick to recognize it in our own life. But just try breaking the hold of your favorite sin and you will feel its power. Sin, all sin, gets a grip; sinks in its teeth; and takes control. And once sin gets a hold on a person, it is not easily pried loose.

The good news is that the power of sin can be broken. In becoming a Christian we bury our old life of sin in the waters of baptism and are raised to a new life of freedom in Christ. (See Romans 6:4, 17-18)