July 19, 2018

Pastoral Nuggets: Existing Structural Problems

(Author’s Note: I wrote the column you are reading today on January 21, 2000.  The truth it contains is just as relevant today, if not more so, than it was some eighteen years ago. – Brother Aaron)

The other day I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Bailey Smith preach.

During his sermon Dr. Smith told of an engineering firm that had been conducting structural safety inspections on bridges throughout the United States.

Doctor Smith stated (to my amazement) that the firm had concluded that there are six hundred bridges in America today that are in eminent danger of collapse “because of existing structural problems.”

I found the quote, “because of existing structural problems” to be most interesting. This means that nothing else has to happen for these bridges to collapse.

Given the structural damage the bridges have already incurred, in time, if something is not done to prevent it, the weight of the bridge will be sufficient to cause its collapse.

As I thought about what Dr. Smith had said, I began to realize that this is a picture of humanity. We are born into this ole world with sufficient structural damages (sin) to cause our own collapse. Nothing else has to happen.

Given the flaws that already exist in each of our lives, if we don’t do something to prevent it, in time, the sin that already exists in our lives will become sufficient to cause our collapse.

When we suffer moral failure, or any other kind of failure, we want to blame it on extenuating circumstances in our lives. But the truth of the matter is, as with the bridge, it wasn’t the “one extra car” crossing the bridge that caused it to collapse.

The bridge collapsed because somebody ignored the underlying structural faults that have been there all along. So it is with us. When we suffer moral failure, as a general rule, it isn’t because of the “one big sin” that occurred in our lives. It is because we have ignored and refused to deal with the underlying sin that has been in our life all along.

I wonder how many people reading this article today are ignoring an underlying structural sin problem in their life.

My friend, you can ignore the sin in your life all you want, but that doesn’t cause it to go away. And mark my words, “ignored,” or “unconfessed” sin will eat at you like a cancer, continually weakening you, until one day the weight of your sin will cause your life to come crashing down around you.

Here me when I say, ignoring sin is a dangerous game to play. You’ll always lose! I have often said that problems (sins) in our lives do not just go away. They have to be both confronted and dealt with honestly.

I encourage you today to do an inspection of your life, identify the existing structural problems of sin, and allow the Carpenter of Nazareth to perform the necessary renovations concerning these existing structural problems.

“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ”1 Corinthians 3: 11(KJV)

Brother Aaron

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