What if We Legalize Sin?
It is difficult for me to believe that America’s conscience is dead. I still believe that deep down, most people know when they are doing wrong. Defined literally, sin is a missing of the mark. Later it came to denote an act of disobedience to divine law (1 John 3:4). We need to be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). Several places in the Bible quote specific sins (Matthew 15:19; Romans 1:29-31; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:3-5; Colossians 3:5; 1 Timothy 1:8-10; Revelation 21:8). These passages assure us that we will not go to heaven if we commit these sins. It seems that people will be willing to do anything to change sin. We do not want the conscience bothering us, so we do what we can to relieve the problem. So we are left with the question, “Is there anything we can do to make sin not be sin anymore?”
One suggestion that people make is to legalize sin. Prohibition is used today as an example of the good legalization of sin can do. When prohibition was enacted, our per capita alcohol consumption dropped considerably. Advocates now want to legalize gambling, homosexuality, marijuana, etc. However, has God’s word changed? What about abortion or unscriptural divorce and remarriage? Those are legal, but they are abominable in God’s sight.
The laws that alter God’s word do not change the way God feels about un- righteousness (Psalm 19:7-11). Always remember that sin is a missing of the mark and God makes the mark. We can witness as many crusades as people can dream up, but it will not change the fact that sin is still sin. Our approval or disapproval ultimately means nothing. God is the one who will decide (John 12:48)!