Saturday, August 08, 2009

Sinner "Le Pew"

Remember Pepe Le Pew? The poor cartoon skunk who bounded around, oblivious of his own stench?

Well, I couldn't help but think of him while reading the other day in J.C. Ryle's book, Holiness. Ryle was discussing the vileness and offensiveness of sin in the sight of a holy God and he said this:

We - poor blind creatures, here today and gone tomorrow, born in sin, surrounded by sinners, living in a constant atmosphere of weakness, infirmity and imperfection - can form none but the most inadequate conceptions of the hideousness of evil. We have no line to fathom it and no measure by which to gauge it. ... The very animals whose smell is most offensive to us have no idea that they are offensive and are not offensive to one another. And man, fallen man, I believe, can have no just idea what a vile thing sin is in the sight of that God whose handiwork is absolutely perfect.

It's incredible that God doesn't run from us like the cartoon characters run from Pepe Le Pew. On the contrary, the Scriptures tell us He runs toward us (as in the case of the prodigal son). Amazing.

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