If I Were to Sin

John said the Bible was written so that “you may not sin.”

But what if I were to sin?

If I were to sin, I would not want to have a god other than the Trinity or worship idols.
For I would become like the false god or the idol I worshipped.
I don’t want to be angry like Allah or blind like a Buddha.
(Psalm 115:1-8)

If I were to sin, I would not want to use the Lord’s name wrongly.
He takes it personally and how could I hurt the One whose very name gives me salvation?
(Exodus 20:7; Acts 4:12)

If I were to sin, I would not want to forget the Sabbath Day.
I would miss too many blessings and ultimately forget the Lord Himself.
(Isaiah 58:13-14)

If I were to sin, I would not dishonor my parents or even roll my eyes at them.
For that is to invite the birds of the valley to peck out those eyes.
(Proverbs 30:17)

If I were to sin, I would not want to mess around with another man’s wife.
For that would be like lighting a fire on my own breast – what pain!
(Proverbs 6:27)

If I were to sin, I would not hurt my brother or even just call him a fool.
Jesus said that last “little” sin is worthy of the fires of hell.
(Matthew 5:22)

If I were to sin, I would not covet with my eyes or steal with my hands.
Those acts are to invite some serious plucking and cutting.
(Matthew 5:29-30)

If I were to sin, I would not speak falsely of my neighbor.
The evil I intended for him would just come back on me.
(Proverbs 12:13)

If I were to sin, I would not want to grow lazy.
For soon poverty would be my lot.
(Proverbs 20:4)

If I were to sin, I would not pursue pleasure or fame or wealth.
Why come to the end of life crying out, “Vanity of vanities!”?
(Ecclesiastes 12:8)

If I were to sin, I would not run away from responsibility.
God will find me anyway, even at the bottom of the sea.
(Psalm 139:9-10; Jonah 1:15-17)

If I were to sin, I would not whisper about it or text a friend.
Before too long my actions would be shouted from the rooftops and be on Twitter.
(Luke 12:3)

If I were to sin, I would not even want it to be in my thoughts.
For those define who I am.
(Proverbs 23:7; Matthew 15:18-19)

So I think I should listen to John and not sin.
But what if I were to sin?

John goes on from the exhortation to the provision.
He also says I have a righteous Advocate.

If I were to sin,
Jesus will remind the Father:
“I died for that sin.”

And is it not that consequence of my sin
that is the greatest deterrent of all?

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2 Comments

  1. Phil Pockras May 18, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

    A much better and godly analogue to “If Ever I Would Leave You” from the musical, Camelot. Good thoughts, Barry, especially the last. It’s, by far, the most compelling.

    • Barry York May 18, 2015 at 4:38 pm #

      Thanks, Phil, and Amen.

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