There are many things that I believe contribute to the diminished perspective of sin within our culture. I would say that one of the biggest issues is that of moral accountability. Simply put, we live in an inherently sinful world, within a culture that embraces sin itself. We promote sex, drugs and violence as various forms of entertainment, soliciting sin (greed, lust, envy, pride, etc.) as a source of happiness. It’s all we know. The general perspective of sin is that it’s abundant within our life and culture, and without committing sins, one is missing out on potential fulfillment. This leads back to moral accountability. By accepting this “natural” condition of sin, one does not have to live up to the standard of God. Furthermore, one does not have to feel guilty about their lifestyle or choices. Ignoring or misconstruing the truth of sin is a much easier position to take, when it justifies one’s sinful actions; an appealing preference for most. To accept the truth of sin in its entirety would mean taking the path less traveled. It means first, that you must admit and accept that you fall short of the glory of God and need salvation; admit that you need to change the things that you believe bring you joy. Second, it means that you must accept the rules and governing power of our Lord and savior. It is often very hard for one to accept the need to let another govern their life. To submit to the authority of God one must reject the very essence of this world and allow their actions to be guided by something not of this world. It seems that many within our culture have simply accepted our sinful nature, diminishing the perspective of sin all around, simply to make the guilt that comes with disobedience more bearable. However, Erickson reminds us, “We become responsible and guilty when we accept or approve of our corrupt nature.” It doesn’t really matter which way one tries to justify their sin… a diminished perspective does not exclude the consequences.
Erickson, M. J. (2015). Introducing Christian Doctrine (3rd ed.). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Publishing Group.