MERS is the latest pathogen to seize the world’s attention, and this middle-eastern sprung virus, having a 30% mortality rate, is cause for some concern. Yet, it is the latest in a long line of alarming diseases that have struck fear in people—AIDs, Asian Flu, Spanish Flu, smallpox, bubonic plague, and leprosy, just to name a few. Whether the horrific presentation, swift action, or painfulness of these conditions, just the names of these diseases raise the shudders of those informed about how deadly they are. An ailment that commonly brings about mortality gets our attention.
Sin, however, often does its work on the individual without the dramatic presentation and many times in a way that feels painless to the “sufferer” until it is too late. But, nothing is deadlier or more serious. That is why God made it a prominent subject in the only book He ever wrote. He identifies it in its every form, reveals the symptoms, warns of the potentially deadliness of it, and provides the cure.
The majority do not recognize it for what it is, they incorrectly identify it, offer the wrong cures for it, and a great many just ignore what it is doing to them. They call it by other names, thinking that by doing that they are eradicating it from themselves. While that may numb them through this life, it will not serve them well in eternity.
Variously, the Bible says “sin is exceedingly grave” (Gen. 18:20), “sin is unhealthy” (Psa. 38:3), “sin is a disgrace” (Prov. 14:34), “sin brings guilt” (Mark 3:29), “sin brings spiritual death” (Rom. 6:23; Jas. 1:15), “sin enslaves” (Rom. 7:14,23), “sin is deceitful” (Heb. 3:13), “sin entangles” (Heb. 12:1), “sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4), “sin is of the devil” (1 John 3:8), and “sin is unrighteousness” (1 John 5:17). Yet, despite this, we know “fools mock at sin” (Prov. 14:9). A vicious disease is at work in them and, unresolved and untreated, it will lead them to eternal pain, but because it afflicts the unseen part of a person they cannot see the damage to their souls. They often see its effects in their own lives and in others’.
That’s where Christians come in, Physician’s assistants for the Great Healer. We are to get healing to as many as are willing to take the cure. We may be treated hostilely by some of those eternally ill, but we must risk sharing it for their good. We face a terrible epidemic but we have a cure that is 100% effective when properly applied!