What would you think of a man who, instead of turning off the gas stove after cooking supper, merely blew out the flame?
Your estimation of his being a fool would be confirmed when he woke later, choking from the fumes, and instead of opening the window and turning off the gas, he got out a bottle of perfume and sprayed himself and the room.
Of course, the foolish idea of trying to cover the smell and overcome the poison of the gas with perfume wouldn’t work, and the next day a corpse would prove the hopelessness of the effort.
Before we condemn the man as a complete fool, however, we should examine some of our own reactions.
Do we call SIN by another name?
Do we excuse it as an accident?
Do we excuse it as human nature?
Do we say it is only a “little” lie?
Or does “Everyone does it!” make it appear right?
Do we steal someone’s reputation by gossiping?
Do we retaliate, saying “he deserved it anyway”?
Do we dodge paying taxes?
Do we steal goods or time from our employer?
The list of ways to try to “cover” our sin is endless.
True, we might fool some PEOPLE
but we can NEVER fool GOD.
Trying to COVER our SIN works just as effectively as the perfume on the gas. Sometimes, it just might succeed in a “cover up” – that is, enough perfume might cover the smell of the gas – but the EFFECT will be the same.
Covered-over sin is still sin – and nothing can be hidden from God.
The EFFECT of sin – the RESULT of sin – NEVER varies.
Sin is sin, is sin, is sin, is sin . . .
called by any other name, it is still SIN!
Of course, for those who have been adopted into the family of God through faith in Christ, there IS a covering for sin. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin – a perfect cleansing which makes us “just-as-if-I’d” never sinned – but let us remember that applies to sin which has been acknowledged and repented of.