Sinfulness of Sin

by Leroy Thompson
Interim VP of Academic Affairs
Bacone College
Muskogee, OK

In 1994, innovative film maker Quinton Tarantino produced “Pulp Fiction,” a gritty neo-noir work that highlights a chilling scene in which Bruce Willis talks to his cab driver about the sensation of killing a man.  The scene is shot in a combination of stark black and white and color that is down-right frightening.  The scene is a journey into the mind of a murderer and moviegoers find it disturbing and hard to even watch. The scene is a startling reminder of the reality of evil; that there is a very dark side of human nature that lurks under the surface of ‘proper behavior.’  

In the “My Deliverer” production there is a ‘sin scene’ that depicts what was going on among people in the days before the flood of Noah.  While it is set in the time of Noah, it is disturbingly familiar: murder, human trafficking, robbery, partying, and lust are a few of scenes depicted.  It looks like a recent MSNBC podcast.  In fact, the scene is so realistic that some of the actors have a hard time performing it.  Part of what makes the scene so unsettling to cast and audience alike is that we know it is true and we know it is really part of us.   

Sin is not a popular word today.  We try to explain our actions with phrases like “I messed up” or “I need to clean up my act” or “I just didn’t make good choices.”  In the early 70’s Karl Menninger, co-founder of the famous Menninger Clinic wrote a classic work entitled, What Ever Became of Sin?  It is an intriguing book coming from an MD who recognized that nearly ½ of the people who came to his famous clinic were there due to illnesses that were the result of unresolved guilt.  Charles Spurgeon, sometimes called the “Prince of Preachers” wrote, “We really do not understand the sinfulness of sin.”  

In His Sermon on the Mount our Lord Jesus said, “Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted.”   In this paradoxical verse, Jesus teaches that the first step towards discipleship is to see and mourn over our sin.  Through song, drama, and dance “My Deliverer proclaims that there is a solution to our sin problem.   But it also declares that first we must recognize that we have a problem from which we need to be delivered.  The solution is Jesus Christ Who is “My Deliverer.”