Isaiah 64:6 “For all of us have become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of
us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.”
Sin comes in many attitudes and forms.
The Cold Sin Within
Six humans trapped by happenstance.
In black and bitter cold,
each one possessed a stick of wood,
or so the story’s told.
Their dying fire in need of logs.
The first man held his back,
for seeing the faces around the fire,
he noticed one was black.
The next man looking across the way,
saw one not of his church,
and couldn’t bring himself to give,
the fire his stick of birch.
The third man sat in tattered clothes.
He gave his coat a hitch,
why should he put his log to use,
to warm the idle rich.
The rich man just sat back,
and thought of wealth he had in store,
and how to keep what he had earned,
from the lazy, shiftless poor.
The black man’s face bespoke revenge.
As the dim fire passed from sight;
for all he saw in his stick of wood,
was a chance to spite the white.
The last man of this forlorn group,
did nothing without gain,
give only to those who give to you,
was how he played the game.
Their logs held tight,
in death’s still hands,
was proof of human sin.
They didn’t die from the cold without;
they died from the cold within.
James 2:1-4 “My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious
Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism. For if
a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in
fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes,
and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine
clothes, and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and you say to
the poor man, “You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,”
have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become
judges with evil motives?