Where Did All The Sinners Go?

In our ever increasing secular society the word “sinners” is close to being banned. People who might dare to use the word are labeled as bigots, haters, and overall just unloving, judgmental, condemning and vile. Many in the Church have even come to think of it as a dirty term not to be used lest Christians be thought of as backwards, archaic, bible thumping morons. It’s not a very nice word, we’re told, nor a very loving one. If we’re to embrace everyone around us we’ve got to stop suggesting that the human race is made up of a bunch of sinners!

But could it be that using the term “sinners” has nothing to do with being bigoted and full of hate? Could it be that it’s just a word that tells the truth about the human race and nothing more?

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst.” – 1 Timothy 1:15

First of all, the bible tells us Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. I hardly think that if being called a sinner is filled with such despicable loathing that Jesus would come to “save sinners”. He obviously didn’t hate these “sinners”, did he? He cared enough to come and save them, right?

The bible doesn’t use the word “sinners” in order to be mean spirited or to pour condemnation on us. It is simply telling us a truth that we often don’t want to hear. We need to be saved- not just from sins we commit, but from ourselves, because our very nature is that we are sinners. Nobody likes hearing that, much less admitting to it, but it is nevertheless true about us according to God.

 

Who believes in God anymore?

From what I can see, a vast number of Americans no longer believe in God- at least not the God of the bible. There are many in the United States, however, who have not gone all in when it comes to ridding themselves of God. They would like to hold on to a notion of Him, an idea of Him fabricated to their own liking- A God who approves of everything they do and would never take them to task for anything or ever call them a sinner!

They will never find that God in the bible, and therefore, must reject the Word of God, or rewrite it, or wildly reinterpret it.

Who is God anyway that He thinks He has the right to tell me what to do? We don’t want to think of ourselves as sinners in need of saving and we don’t like being told what to do. This is what separates the secular person from the Christian- The Christian has come to the place of admitting that they are actually a sinner in need of saving.

And that’s a big deal. Admitting we are a sinner, is like an alcoholic admitting he has a problem- It’s the first step to freedom! God is not in heaven waiting to say “I told you so!” He’s not about laying a guilt trip on you or making you feel like you’re the scum of the earth for being a “sinner”.

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…” -Romans 8:1

No condemnation! None! No guilt trip, no shame, no scornful look or impending doom or judgment- none of that! God does require, though, that we admit to the truth. We must be willing to come clean and agree with Him that we are sinners.

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst.” – 1 Timothy 1:15

Paul was an Apostle, a disciple and a committed follower of Jesus and when it came to seeing the truth about himself as being a sinner he said, Of whom I am the worst.” 

 

Where have all the sinners gone?

How many today, even in the Church, are like Paul? How many are willing to call themselves “the worst of sinners”? The number grows smaller by the day. The world is being swallowed up by secularism and much of the Church has denied God as well. We would rather hold on to the idea that we are “good” than admit that we are “sinners”.

“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…” – 1 Timothy 1:15

What an unpopular idea. You might get “defriended” if you go around talking like that!

It’s been well over 30 years now since I first realized that I was actually a “sinner”, and like the Apostle, I had to admit that I was “the worst” in a whole lot of ways. I clearly needed “saving” then and I still do. I’m not this perfect person who has it all together. I actually need Jesus. Admitting that I’m a sinner isn’t a form of condemnation, it’s simply an admission that according God’s standards I miss the mark, sometimes very badly.

I’m not the prettiest picture in God’s book- I am a sinner– but I am not condemned. Like a really good chorus that keeps repeating…

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…”  – 1 Timothy 1:15