Exploring 9 Typical Methods Of Dealing With Sin

Keith KettenringChristian Living, The Uncommon Journey

I once heard someone describe sinning as picking up a pencil and poking yourself in the eye. Who would do such a thing? It’s stupid! It’s painful! It’s insane!

Yet, every hour of the day, you and I pick up a pencil and poke ourselves in the eye.

We might not think that’s what we do. Perhaps we’ve done this so often that we’re blind to our own sinful ways. We can’t see anymore.

Today, I offer nine ways to deal with sin. Some are more effective than others. You may have dealt with sin in all these ways.

  1. Davidic Method: Go with the sin as long as you can get away with it and wait until someone confronts you. If no one confronts you, then keep sinning.

  2. Confessional Method: Talk to a qualified priest who will help you have your sins absolved before God.

  3. Sugar Pop Method: Bring up your wrongdoing in casual conversation where no one suspects that you are sinning and receive sugar coated advise that will make you feel good and preserve your pride.

  4. Psychology Method: Pay a professional to listen to your sin stories so you can feel better about yourself. In return, he/she will give you counsel and practices that you can ignore.

  5. Repentance Method: Constantly turn away from the particular sin and turn to Jesus Christ in heart, thought, and behavior. You do this every time you stray from God and His ways. This is the best method since we never stop sinning.

  6. Friendship Method: Talk to your best friend about your sin and see if she/he has the commitment to love you anyway and has the spiritual insight to guide you.

  7. Immunity Method: You convince yourself that you can get away with your sin when no one before you ever has. Because you know more, have experience in hiding things, are a good person otherwise, are spiritually superior to others, or know people will accept your faults due to your position, then you are the exception. You can get away with it.

  8. Concession Method: You can keep sinning since society accepts your sin as normal. This can work for church culture, too. What used to be considered a sin is no longer a sin. We’re more enlightened than in the prudish past. Give this sin another name, not so offensive, and embrace it.

  9. Barney Method: Nip it in the bud! When you feel the urge to sin, just don’t do it. If you do sin, confess your actions immediately to God and accept His forgiveness. Sin must be dealt with urgently and directly. Start bud nippin’ folks! (Click on the link and receive inspiration from Barney Fife himself.)

I’m not endorsing all of these, only pointing out how we often deal with sin. I think you can figure out which methods are most effective.