I wish people who wanted to sin would just be honest about it. (Then again, that's probably a large part of the problem, isn't it? I'll get back to that.)
In yesterday's sermon, we looked at Ahaz, who refused God's offer of a sign with the syrupy, super-pious "I will not ask, and I will not tempt the LORD!" Of course we know he didn't care a gnat's behind about the Lord. But it did make him look and sound so much better than if he'd told the truth.
The truth would have been something like,
"I know that once I began responding to God's word in faith, there might be no stopping. I know it would eventually mean repenting, humbling myself, admitting what an appalling mess I've made of my life and of the lives of everyone who trusts me. And frankly, I'm just not willing to do that. My stubborn pride means more to me than anything, and if I have to go to Hell with my pride, so be it. Tomorrow doesn't matter. God doesn't matter. Only I matter, and only today matters."So I wish that people today who just want to sin would just say so. Just say, "I don't care about God, I don't care about the word of God; I don't want to think through the consequences of my choices. I know if I even began honestly applying the word of God, I'd be humbled and everything would have to change, and I just don't want any part of any of that. So I'm just going to sin."
If they would just do that, and not drag Christ's name into the sewer with them....
But then, that's the thing, isn't it? The nature of sin is that it deceives. It gets what it gets by deception. It never says, "How about a moment of fleeting pleasure in exchange for an eternity of permanent regret and misery?"
Sin gets what it gets by saying it is what it isn't, and isn't what it is. And it says it just wants a little bit, and then it will stop. But like fire, it never does; it's its nature to consume and consume until there's nothing left to consume.
Poor saps. Honesty is like truth, and truth has nothing to do with sin.
So my wish can never happen.
Okay, so my second wish is....