Hopefully most of us still have a standard of modesty that would not allow us to prance around scantily clad in the great outdoors. Besides not wanting to invite the lust of a roaming eye, we should also not want to so endanger our skin with harmful cancer-causing UV rays. (God has many reasons for us to be clad modestly.) Exposure is really dangerous! Thus, it is wise when even modestly arrayed to wear sunscreen with at least a UV protection of 15. Most of us, having taken no thought about such things, have likely already done a great deal of damage to our skin. Luckily, there is a new procedure that can enlighten us concerning our skin cancer risk. There is new technology out now that allows a special camera to take a picture of one’s skin using UV light (a.k.a. black light). The final portrait is that of the amount of damage already done to one’s skin by exposure. A lot of “beautiful, young” people look unattractive and ancient when the picture develops. In a sense, it is really scary because it is like there is an entirely different person inside you that most people will never see until it is too late for you to repair the damage.
In like manner, far too many are taking their chances by exposing their spirits to the weak and beggarly elements of this world. The Bible, being a mirror for the soul (cf., James 1:22-25), demonstrates the effects this exposure has on the individual. And, it is not a pretty picture. What at church appears to be the honest and sincere Christian could really be the shriveled, hypocritical pretender. Though one may successfully disguise this fact from man’s observation, it will one day be revealed when God shows everyone who that person really is (cf., Ecclesiastes 12:14). And, at that moment, it will be too late to undo the damage.
We need to put on our sin-screen so that we won’t be so damaged by wickedness that God, upon inspection, would find spiritual cancer devouring our spirits. The process of sin-screen application is readily available from God’s Word and has already been paid for by the blood of Christ (cf., Hebrews 9:14). All we need to do is to grasp this gift of grace (cf., John 3:16) and follow the instructions (cf., John 8:32; 17:17). Those instructions are as follows:
1. Put on Christ in baptism.In Galatians 3:27 (see also Romans 13:14), Paul said that as many as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ (been “clothed” in Christ–NASB). Since all spiritual benefits are to be found in Christ (cf., Ephesians 1:3), it becomes obvious that one needs to get into His covering. Experts, such as the apostle Paul, have written detailed accounts touting the rejuvenation that occurs to damaged spirits when one generously applies this portion of the sin-screen (cf., Romans 6:1-7). Be warned, however, that certain medical practitioners deny the necessity of the process. They, of course, have no proof of their claims and we would suggest that they thoroughly read the inspired journal of Luke the physician for more information (cf., Acts 2:38; 8:12-13, 35-38; 10:47-48; 16:14-15, 30-33; 18:8; 19:1-5; 22:16). For even more information, consult Paul’s references to putting on the new man (cf., Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:9-10). These were written for those who already have on the first layer but points out the truth, in some detail, of what took place when that initial layer was put on.
2. Put on the armor. Again our expert, Paul, shares with us another step to the process of applying sin-screen. This bit of advice is for those who’ve already put on their first layering of sin-screen, Christ himself. It would seem that just putting on Christ is not sufficient by itself; that is, that He can be put off if one is not faithful to continue in his covering. Sometimes Christians that have put on Christ decide that they want to once more expose themselves to the harmful radiation of temptation (cf., Romans 13:13). To fight this possibility, Paul urges that, once one has put on Christ, he avoid the “hot spots” of sin (cf., Ephesians 4:25-29; Colossians 3:8) and put on the armor of light (cf., Romans 13:12) as well as the armor of God (cf., Ephesians 6:11-17). This second layering is sure to keep us away from those “hot spots” previously mentioned and will prevent the defeat of the initial covering of Christ.
3. Put on love. Once the first layer of sin-screen has been applied and is secured by the second layer of sin-screen (a.k.a. faithfulness), one must put on the final layer to become perfected. This layer is love. It would seem that sometimes when sin-screen protected Christians get around each other that they want to mistreat one another. In this circumstance when the unthinkable happens, it becomes possible for the two layers of sin-screen to be “rubbed” off. Why such takes place defies all logic. Most likely it is because they have willfully exposed themselves to sin. This is a condition that hopefully all of us are willing to prevent. We should all want eternal life and desire that also for all men (cf., Mark 16:15-16). Our sin-screen expert, Paul, advises us that with the application of love we are able to overcome the strife that can present itself between brethren (cf., Colossians 3:12-15). In so doing, one can be assured that, with the three layers in place, he is completely protected and can enjoy the eternal benefits of a spiritual cancer-free life (cf., John 14:1-3).
Put on the sin-screen before it’s too late.
Published on page 13 in the Volume 1, Number 11 (November 1999) edition of the Gospel Gazette Online.