The Stain



We’ve all been there, we got a small stain on that favorite shirt or sweater. We tell ourselves, “It’s not that noticeable”, and we wear it anyway. While we move about our day we hope no one sees it, but even if they don’t, it still bothers us because in the back of our minds we know and have accepted that something is not the way it should be.

Subconsciously we are trying to cover up something because we can’t wash it out.

Jesus addressed this same problem of the heart in Mark 7. No matter how hard we religiously or politically try to say the stain of sin isn’t in our lives, the feelings of uneasiness and guilt still creep into our minds. They force us into outward performances and habits in which we hope to balance our feelings of inadequacies inwardly with the acceptance we receive from others for them.

We attempt to blame outside influences for these feelings. It must be our diet, our family, our friends, the world we live in that needs to change. If we can just enact enough outward change in our lives the stain will go away. But to our dismay, no matter how many ways we “re-make” ourselves, the next iteration of ourselves still produces bugs. So the stain continues.

‪Just before he died, C. M. Joad, a former socialist philosopher and atheist, wrote The Recovery of Belief, in which He said, “It was because we rejected the doctrine of original sin that we on the Left were always being so disappointed by the refusal of people to be reasonable.”‬

If you approach politics and religion with the thought that people are inherently good, and become damaged through culture, parent issues, or some other form of abuse, you will always be disappointed because you will see that these “good people” without any explainable excuse in society still are capable of hateful and terrible things.

People are born sinners. They don’t become that way.

Anyone who is a true Christian, is just a sinner who has received the sacrifice of Jesus Christ to pay their own indebtedness. To remove the stain. Not just the appearance of it, but the presence of it.

Christians aren’t the good people of society. They are the redeemed people of society. They are people who had the same stain, but not have had it eradicated.

Forgiveness of sin and the removal of its stain is found in Jesus Christ alone.

If you’re still trying to use the “good” argument to prop yourself up, it will be just a matter of time before that house of cards tumbles.

No matter how good you try to be, you still have to deal with this feeling of being “dirty”. We shake the feeling for moments, but never indefinitely, and then we start our “washing routine” again to right ourselves.

There’s not a single physical thing you can do to permanently rid yourself of this guilt and fear, until you come to Jesus Christ and receive the complete and full forgiveness found in Him.

Run to Him! He doesn’t reject anyone, not matter how wrong, or how deep the stain.

Mark 7:1-23

“Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem. And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault. For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders. And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables. Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands? He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free. And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother; Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye. And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand: There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable. And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats? And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”

2 Responses to “The Stain”

  1. Matthew says:

    Great article sir. Keep up the great work. May the Lord bless you, your family, church and all your endeavors.

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