Greetings from Jude
1 This letter is from Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and a brother of James. I am writing to all who have been called by God the Father, who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ. 2 May God give you more and more mercy, peace, and love.
3 Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people. 4 I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Romans 3:23-24 (NLT)
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.
It’s not like it’s a new problem we’re facing – sin. The ugliest word around because it takes us to task that we ain’t perfect, that we really do some nasty things in our minds if not with our bodies. At least nasty in the eyes of God. Who needs to be constantly reminded of that?
I’d venture to say that we do. This is just an example: Every second over $3,000 is spent on porn (1). I wonder how many families that would house and feed. According Feed My Starving Children, that would feed about 38 kids for a year. Every second. That’s 135,000 starving kids that could be fed for a year based on an hour of spending on porn. 3,240,000 kids fed for a year for what we spend every day on porn. You can see it really could have an impact. Maybe you think porn isn’t a sin, maybe you still try to believe it’s victimless to sooth your soul. Maybe. Just and example.
Porn is an easy target. There are other sins that we try to pass off as normal behavior. Maybe they are and shouldn’t be. What’s a sin these days? Not much different that what was going on before. Ever hear of Sodom and Gomorrah? There are lots of other examples and history is littered with them. All of our history.
Sin. No one likes to think about it. Yet, we’re all sinners, we all fall short of the glory of Christ in his perfection. He died for these sins, for all of them, so that we can begin the long and arduous task of turning from them. His grace is our cover so we can begin the lifelong process of righting our own ship. Maybe we can make a difference if we begin to turn from it.
John 8:36 (NIV)
36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.