Thursday Thoughts: Sin is Antisocial

The cost of sin is extreme. The severity of sin’s expenditure is not hidden and is in fact revealed in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death.” Despite this, the strictness with which sin is judged is forgotten by most people. For many the delayed consequences of sin causes it to be overlooked with no regard. Few realize that the repercussions are not only futuristic in nature but have a present day impact as well.

There is the phrase that misery loves company. Yet I have recently thought about how sin is such a miserable place to be. However, it is a misery that desires to be alone and devoid of company. In my recent readings one author put forth the notion that sin is antisocial.

At the root of sin is the love of self. Sin is the result of putting one’s own desires over the desires of God. It can be understood that the love of self is so great that the love of God is diminished . . . which means a love for others is also diminished.

Why is this important? Because it leads back to the concept that sin is antisocial. If one is too busy loving himself or herself, then he or she cannot love others. Sin impacts our relationships with others and compels us into isolation unless it is rightly confronted and confessed.  

Sin creates dysfunction in one’s relationship with God and in one’s relationships with others. Isolation increases the serious state of sin because it denies biblical accountability and restoration.

Such a characteristic of sin is noteworthy. It creates a tangible point of self-evaluation. We can ask ourselves, “Am I withdrawing from others?” and “Is there a specific sin that is effecting my willingness to socialize with others?” A proper self-examination with such questions combined with a genuine humility can create a restoration point.

The radius of sin impacts more than just you or me. Sin impacts others as well. Are we willing to humbly evaluate sin in our life for the sake of holiness?