Sin Is No Joke!

Warren E. Berkley
Fort Smith, Arkansas

The story of the Fall of Man in Gen. 3 and Paul's references to it in the New Testament tell us of the origin and consequences of sin. Paul not only stated the nature of sin but clearly explained the proper attitude toward sin. In Ephesians 5:34 Paul says:

"But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as becometh saints nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, or jesting, which are not befitting: but rather giving of thanks."

Many Christians today have a difficult time devoting themselves to a clean life, free from these sins. Christians should add to this devotion the exhortation of Paul in this passage. Not only are we to flee from these sins, but we cannot even joke about such actions.

American Humor, as portrayed by our massive means of communication, is "overpopulated" with stories centered on the transgressions Paul mentioned. It's easy for a Christian to fall into the habit of repeating these stories in order to be the "life of the party." It is indeed a grim commentary on human nature that a discussion of someone's evil actions can arouse pleasure. The most appropriate conclusion we can draw is the one Paul made in the next verse:

"For this ye know of a surety that no fornicator nor unclean person nor covetous man who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God."

September 2, 1971