If I'm a Christian, Why Do I Keep Sinning?!?
I remember a couple of years ago, I was in a classroom full of Christians and the topic of sin came up. When I stated that we are all sinners, everyone jumped on me. “Nah, Man! We are saints! I ain’t no sinner! As soon as you get saved, you are no longer a sinner!”
At the time, I didn’t know how to articulate the simple fact that we are sinners saved by God’s Grace. But I knew enough to say that we are sinners at the core, whether saved or unsaved.
This video by Mark Driscoll really puts into perspective what a lot of Christians struggle with. If I say I’m a Christian, why do I still sin?
To add to what Mark said, we were born into sin. As a result, we will never be perfect during this lifetime. Despite our belief in Jesus Christ. Despite the changed heart and renewed mind of a Christian. In this life, here on this Earth, we will never be perfect. Our sinful nature is part of the curse that all of us inherited through Adam.
In Romans 3:9, Paul writes, “What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin.” No one wants to hear that. And when you add to this the fact that Paul wrote this to THE CHURCH at Rome, you really turn some people away.
John 1:29 (English Standard Version)
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
Look at it like this…you can’t do anything to change the fact that you will sin in this lifetime. To quote my man Conviction Music, being saved doesn’t mean that “I don’t become sinless, I just sin less.” But…you also cannot change the fact that Christ died on a cross 2000 years ago to atone for your sins and mine.
That is one of the beauties of the gospel. A holy, all-knowing, sovereign God loved you and I enough to enter the Earth in the form of a man to die for you and I, despite the fact that we would never live up to His standard. That is hard for a lot of people to fathom because we compare God to what we would do in the same situation. Most of us would not do anything for anyone if there were not some payoff either from the person we are helping or from someone else later on down the line.
But God doesn’t operate like that. Despite your sin nature, He loves you. Despite the fact that you will never stop sinning in this life, no matter how hard you try not to, He still loves you. Despite your imperfections, God’s love and grace is sufficient and perfect enough to cover a multitude of sins.
So what does this mean? Does this give us a license to sin? Nope! As Mark Driscoll pointed out in the video, if your deepest desire is to sin, then you don’t love God and therefore you aren’t a Christian. But if you do love God, it simply means that you should not walk around with your head down thinking that because you cannot stop sinning, you are a weirdo. God has forgiven you. He loves you and He wants what is best for you. I pray that you will find joy and peace in that fact.