I spent a lot of time as a Baptist.
Baptists love to quote Paul. The wages of sin is death, all that jazz.
That’s interesting, because earlier Jews wouldn’t have understood that. Sin meant something else several hundred years before Paul. But he updated it. That’s because he was speaking to people in his time, in his culture, not people hundreds of years earlier.
The bible describes sin as a weight.
Then it describes sin as debt.
Then it had archery imagery: missing the mark.
But why freeze it? What is sin in 2018?
It’s been described in Jonathan Merritt’s book Learning to Speak God From Scratch as:
“Anything that robs us of the fullness of life.”
“Anything that contributes to less than what God intends.”
“Death dealer.” (Dementor?)
Sin is excessive internet use.
Sin is Netflix binging when your conscience is telling you there’s something else for you.
Sin is wishing you had someone else’s Instagram life and not being able to live your own, the one God graciously gave you.
Sin is saying no to God’s endless invitations to taste and see that there’s something more than that thing you know is robbing you of life.