I was reading Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile’s blog post, “Sin Is Irrational” today and I must confess, I was deeply confronted by it. I take a certain pride that I’m a rational individual. Two plus two equals four, and the letter C comes after A and B. However, Anyabwile’s explanation of our irrational and warped perception of sin hit me like someone threw a bucket of ice cold water in my face. It jolted me awake me to a profound new truth and one that I need to let filter through my life’s perspective.
“Sin is irrational in its break away from God. If God is the source of supreme pleasure, beauty, love, and goodness—and He is—then turning away from God makes no sense. It’s irrational.”
He’s totally right. If God is our source of all that is good and beautiful and satisfying, then why do we willfully refuse to walk the path that leads to those things, that leads us to God himself?
Anyabwile, in his blog post, goes on to list and explain four more ways sin is irrational:
“Sin is irrational in its short-sightedness.”
“Sin is irrational in its undervaluing of the soul.“
“Sin is irrational in its choice of the temporary and fleeting over the permanent and immovable.”
“Sin is irrational in its tendency to distort our view of the world from the view God establishes.”
Sin has deceived us for far too long. We must call upon the Holy Spirit to counteract the lies of the enemy and lead us through the narrow gate to life. The way of sin, while completely irrational, will always be wide and easy to enter. But the path of life is found in our deepening love affair with Christ Jesus. Our love for Him, and His work in us, will always be the most rational things we could ever pursue.
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
Matthew 7:13-14 ESV
To read the full post, “Sin is Irrational” by Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile’s, click here.