Language is such an interesting study. It is fascinating to witness the evolution of words. It can happen gradually or overnight, but words and the concepts they express do change and in some cases, even vanish.
Anyone sat in the parlor lately for “courting” purposes?
“Sin” and the concept it represents may be one of the next words evolving out of our vocabulary. Always a word connected to Christian theology it once was used in a broader sense to identify the wrongs and ills of the greater culture. Slowly it moved out of more common use and is now on the verge of evolving out of the pulpits and pews of Christian culture.
Recently I watched a television news magazine’s feature on one of the most popular Christian preachers in America. He preaches to tens of thousands in his church on Sunday and millions more via various media outlets. He purposefully does not use the word “sin”. In his quest to only focus on the positive he has left this word behind. He may possibly speak about mistakes, slip-ups, regrets or maybe even wrongs but not “sins”.
Stand by for an announcement, “Sin” has left the church building!
Is this a good thing? Is it just the natural evolution of a word?
Or should we be concerned? Can we even have Christian theology without the word and concept which is “sin”?
I do want sin to vanish but only through the blood of Jesus. I think I will continue to use the word in my sermons. After all it must still be a big bad deal. Christ died and arose to free us from it.