Since basketball just wrapped up, it’s time to talk college football, right?
Penalties are a common occurrence in football, and some of them even have interesting names. A “facemask” penalty will give the opposing team a 5 or 15 yard advantage and has nothing to do with COVID restrictions or the CDC. Even though it may sound like something from a steakhouse, a “chop block” is a real football term, and a team will be penalized 15 yards for committing this offense. A “horse collar” tackle has nothing to do with horses (even in Kentucky!) and will cost a team 15 yards as well as give the other team the advantage of a first down.
In football, just like in our lives, penalties or consequences can vary depending on the severity of our offense. For us, the repercussions can be everything from relational to criminal. Consequences can be so severe that they can follow us for the rest of our lives.
When we look at how God views our sin, however, the playing field becomes level very quickly. Regardless of the temporary consequences in this life, eternally speaking, all sin has the same consequence—death. The Bible defines this spiritual death as a separation from God. Isaiah 59:2 says, “...your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God.”
A common trait of being a sinful human is pride, and this pride often leads us to attempt to deflect the responsibility for our sins onto others, or even onto God. In the end, this only continues to hurt us, as this is yet another sin that separates us from God.
Now that we understand our sin problem and the consequences of our sin, tomorrow, let’s start to look to our solution.
Do you ever blame God for your own sins or the sins of others? Do you reject the reality of the true penalty for your sin?