Sometimes I honestly have to wonder what goes through my son’s head.
Today Cole was chewing some gum when he decided it would be a good idea to take it out of his mouth, stretch it around his neck and make a “gum necklace.”
Instead of creating the bold fashion accessory he’d planned on, he got gum stuck in the small, fine hairs at the bottom of his hairline and back of his neck.
He tried to get the gum out on his own. But after he picked out the largest pieces, he was unable to extract the smaller pieces left behind. After a while, his attempts to remove the gum were only making things worse, so he came to me.
I took Cole to the bathroom, found a pair of cuticle scissors and started snipping. It wasn’t a lot of gum, but it sure had an effect. Each time I pulled the gum-covered hair away from his neck to cut it, he would wince and cry out.
While not a lot of gum was involved, a good bit of pain was as I tried to get rid of it.
This is how sin is. Sin may seem like a small thing to us, but it can cause us a lot of pain in the long run. Sin is sticky. Sin entangles. Sin is hard to remove.
That’s why the only one who could do anything about our sin was Jesus, the son of God, who knew no sin (Matthew 14:33, 2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus died on the cross, taking our sins upon himself and paying the penalty we should have, but could not have.
Our sin caused his death. That’s why sin is such a serious issue. That’s why there’s no such thing as a “small” sin.
All sin is serious. All sin is dangerous. But thanks be to our heavenly father, Jesus died so all sin could be forgiven.
The Rev. Parrish Myers is a local minister living in Braselton. His column appears biweekly in Sunday Life and on gainesvilletimes.com/life.