This is the way of an adulterous woman; she eats and wipes her mouth and says, “I have done no wickedness.” – Proverbs 30:20
Something is missing in our society.
I’m not thinking of money, free time or highways not under construction. I’m not thinking of honest politicians or day baseball games. But I am thinking of shame.
I know it sounds a little strange but I think shame can be a positive quality that our modern society has lost. We may see shame displayed from failure but the shame of sin is not something often seen in the non-Church world. At one time, even those who would not claim the name of Christ, still understood to one degree or another, the shame of sin. I don’t see that occurring very often.
The verse here is specifically discounting the sinfulness of sexual sin, but the concept includes all sorts of vices individuals find themselves participating. Gambling was once a back room activity which required you to know the secret password to enter. Now, it’s plainly done via the internet or you can just run down to the corner store and pick up all the Power Ball tickets you want. We can debate the level of sinfulness and problems created in society with tobacco and alcohol but it wasn’t long ago, even those seemingly benign activities were done in private – with a degree of shame.
I don’t want to guilt people. I don’t want legalism and do not advocate keeping a list of do’s and don’ts. Believe me, I need God’s grace. I love His grace and His grace is what I want to proclaim! But sometimes I wonder if in our attempt to reach people with the saving knowledge of Jesus, we have downplayed the severity of sin?
God does saves us. He does erase the “sin stain” on my life. I don’t need to be guilt-ridden of my past. But am I ashamed of my sin now? Do I participate in activities and explain it away with saying, “It’s all under God’s grace.” Am I willing to give myself a pass on sinful behavior because it has become a societal norm?
Sin is a bad thing. We do no one any favors when we excuse sin. I understand we want to show grace, but along with that is the necessity of telling truth about sin. At times our modern evangelical churches are quick to teach grace, but do not wish to mention truth. Of course, there are times when churches are so quick to speak truth and point out sin without highlighting grace.
Both grace and truth are needed.
I am not questioning an individual’s salvation, but I am speaking about their walk. Are you ashamed when you fall into sin? When temptation does have minor victory in your life, what is your response? Are you ashamed or do you explain it away like this adulterous woman listed here in Proverbs 30?
Come quickly to God. Let that shame drive you to Him because His grace is right there for you!
Sin is a bad thing. Our own sin is something that should bring us shame.