Thomasville Times Enterprise

April 12, 2014

You can't domesticate sin

Ann Nunnally

— I dreamed last night about trying to domestic ate a wild animal. The dream went something like this. I was entertaining out- of-town company and they decided to help me reorganize an outside storage area.  They thought I needed some extra storage shelves outside a den window. I bought the shelving and shortly my storage problems were solved, but another problem quickly appeared. 

The shelving allowed a cute, little varmint to peer into the den and catch our attention. My friends and I scurried outside to offer friendship and food to our new visitor. He gladly took the bread scraps we offered and made us feel happy that we were able to help.  Soon, we moved to the water project, providing fresh clean water to a little guy who had always drunk from water in the wild.  After clearing a downspout, we could run water that was clean and pure to the little guy. He looked happy with his new water source. He quickly discovered that he could traverse the downspout and soon ended up in the den, face to face with his rescuers. The boundaries were blurred and the relationship quickly changed.

The dream went downhill from then. There was the bite where I could literally feel the pain of pulling my finger from his imbedded tooth, his escape to a hiding place underneath the sofa and then the chase that brought on his “need to go” on my newly cleaned carpet. As I chased him out the door, locked it and closed off the drain entrance, I felt like a wounded failure. My efforts to make life better for this wild, but cute animal had only traumatized both of us. 

When I woke up, I realized my dream was an example of social Christianity.  I remembered the lesson taught in the word of God that you can’t domesticate sin! No matter how much you try to make it better for a person by giving food, water, shelter — a better life — unless there is a born-again experience where the spirit of a person is made new, nothing permanently changes.

The Old Covenant is an example of my dream. God created a plan of atonement for mankind’s sin through sacrifices and burnt offerings. The High Priest would yearly take the sins of the people and place them on a scapegoat, drive it outside the city walls to die and bear the punishment of the sin of the people. He would take the blood of an innocent lamb, spread it on the altar and cover everything that had been touched by sin.  The problem was the offering had to be repeated again and again because the people continued to live in sin. They were covered, but not changed.

The New Covenant brought through the final sacrifice and shed blood of Jesus the opportunity to be “born again.” The opportunity to have a spirit within that is not contrary to God but in agreement with God. 

 Consider 2 Corinthian 5:17’s message, “Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away.  Behold the fresh and new has come!” AMP

I’m thankful for last night’s dream, the reminder that changing mankind’s conditions never changes mankind, and the truth of the word of God that says in John chapter 3, “You must be born-again.”