The Real Issue


It doesn’t take much effort to know the condition of the world we live in today. Faced with another unspeakable but all too common tragic loss of life, we seek to blame everything and everyone, but not the real reason.

The World claims that life is precious. But rejects the Creator of all life.
The World claims that life is special. Except for the life in the mother’s womb.
The World claims that life is valuable. Unless it has a different political view.
The World claims that life is priceless. But less so than climate, possessions, plants and animals.

The taking of human life is not a new occurrence. It only took 4 chapters, only 88 verses in the Bible to get to the first human murdered at the hands of another human.

Now Cain said to his brother Abel, ‘Let’s go out to the field.’ And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.”  Genesis 4:8 (NIV).

This occurred before the invention of modern weapons and around the clock news coverage. I wonder if Cain blamed it on bad parenting, prejudice or racism? Did Adam and Eve blame it on hate speech, bigotry or a phobia of some sort?

Obviously not.  Cain was upset because his offering to the Lord was not looked on with favor as had his brother, Abel’s.

Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.’”  Genesis 4:6-7 (NIV).


Cain’s heart was wicked, he gave into his anger and envy and took his brother’s life. Instead of acknowledging his faults and correcting himself, he lashed out. We are no different.

We can talk till we are blue in the face about gun control, immigration, religion, politics and terrorism, but it won’t make a bit of difference. Not until we are willing to address the real issue, the real root of the problem, sin.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.”  1 John 1: 8-10 (NIV).

Here is where all of the non-believers and cultural Christians go running like someone set their hair on fire. We will talk about anything and everything but sin. We don’t want to go there. We will have to give up this or that and we enjoy it too much and are too comfortable to give up that little, harmless sin. If sin is what you want to talk about then you’re a hater, bigot, sinaphobic Jesus freak. Yes. Yes I am.

The problem is inanimate objects not the human heart. After all, we’re all pretty good people when you get to know us. Really, so why did Jesus go to the cross?

Until we are honest with each other nothing will change. But to be honest, we have to start with ourselves. We have to address the sin in our lives. You know, the comfortable, little sin that we are ok with or think we have hidden. We are called to confess, repent and forsake the sin that seeks to master us. Who’s got time for that? We are too busy posting, chatting, twitting and being the completely narcissistic people we claim we’re not.

Sadly, in a few days our attention will move to something else. Something really important, like politics, sports or the Kardashians. God help us all.

Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear – hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.” Jude 22 & 23 (NIV).

I have asked and will probably continue to ask, “How bad was Sodom and Gomorrah?” It’s hard to imagine it could be worse than what we see today.

The only answer is Jesus. Any idea, program or policy short of the cross will fail. Guaranteed.

Repent, Confess and Forsake your sin and Run to the Cross!


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