Teach your children about the danger of acceptable sins

Posted on September 16, 2014 · Posted in Culture, Gospel

Sin is making headlines these days. However, the media does not use the word sin to describe what is being reported. That might offend someone. And, of course, the list of wrong behaviors being reported is quite limited.  Certain acts of violence, both nationally and internationally, provide opportunities for sound bites and attract viewers, listeners, and readers. But there are other acts, other sins which are ignored. Abortion is a brutally violent act, but there is no media outrage over the thousands of unborn children who are legally murdered each year. Sexual sin is tearing apart the fabric of our culture and country.  Yet, immorality is reported as progress, tolerance and freedom of expression.  The sin of praying to any god other than the true God is referred as a moment of silence and inclusion. 

Why does this matter for your children? Because God is a holy God. This means God has zero tolerance for any sin, regardless of whether it is reported or not. The place to teach your children about sin is the Bible, not the public media. Because of the holiness of God, there is no sin which is acceptable, ever. 

The only thing standing between mankind and immediate obliteration is the cross of Jesus Christ. The only reason that the world goes on each day is because there are people left, both alive and yet to be born, that God, in his mercy and grace intends to save. 

The media reports certain sins that are offensive to them.  But to our culture most sins are acceptable and even praised. Help your children to see the deceptiveness of our cultural view of sin. It is only when they see the depravity of man and of their own hearts, that they will be able to grasp the necessity of the gospel. 

There is only one solution, only one hope for the race of men. His name is Jesus.

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.