Defilement of the earth through our sins

by Rev Jason Phua

Bible Readings: Isaiah 22:1-24:23; Proverb 23:15-16

READ (Verse chosen for reflection)
Isaiah 24:5 “The earth lies defiled under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed the laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant.”

REFLECT
Quite often, we think that our sins affect only ourselves or at most the people whom we transgress upon. Yet Isaiah 24:5 speaks of how our sins are able to defile the earth. Indeed, the effects of our sins can be much more far reaching than we think. This is because the Christian faith is not the faith of an individual but a shared faith. The next time we are tempted to sin, it might do us well to think about the drastic consequences it could bring to ourselves, to our family members, to our community and even to the public witness of the faith. At that moment, we cry out for the strength and grace of God to help us overcome.

RELATE
One of the most widespread and yet seldom spoken of sin among Christians is sexual sin (e.g. pornography). It remained largely unspoken because of the potential shame it brings; especially in an asian society like Singapore. However, the consequences of sexual sin is insidiously far reaching. Not only does it affects the individual, family and community; it also promotes a wrong sense of men view women and vice versa.

God’s creation is insulted. The image of God is distorted and abused for personal pleasures. I am glad that our Pastor in Charge is facilitating a course “Pure and Blameless” to help men overcome sexual temptations / addictions. Indeed, let us pray that churches in Singapore will put in more resources on this aspect of ministry. This will come in a big way to help all of us live in purity for the Lord.

REST
Lord, help us to be awakened to the truth that the effect of our sins can be much more far-reaching than we think. Cultivate in us the eagerness to live in purity by the power of Your Holy Spirit. Amen.

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