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Sin Illustrations

  • "What Is Your Address?"

    lucy m montgomeryThere is a family nobody likes to meet,
    They live, it is said, on Complaining Street.
    In the city of Never-Are Satisfied,
    The River of Discontent beside.

    They growl at that, and they growl at this;
    Whatever comes there is something amiss;
    And whether their station be high or humble,
    They are known by the name of Grumble.

  • Eluding God

    car vwIn 1981, a Minnesota radio station reported a story about a stolen car in California. Police were staging an intense search for the vehicle and the driver, even to the point of placing announcements on local radio stations to contact the thief.

    On the front seat of the stolen car sat a box of crackers that, unknown to the thief, were laced with poison. The car owner had intended to use the crackers as rat bait.

  • Forgiveness and Temptation

    sign no parkingA minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn't find a space with a meter.

    Then he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: "I have circled the block 10 times. If I don't park here, I'll miss my appointment. Forgive us our trespasses."

    When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with this note: "I've circled this block for 10 years. If I don't give you a ticket I'll lose my job. 'Lead us not into temptation.'"

  • Integrity

    tax returnThe owner of a small deli was being questioned by the IRS about his tax return. He had reported a net profit of $80,000 for the year.

    "Why don't you people leave me alone?" the deli owner said. "I work like a dog, everyone in my family helps out, and the place is closed only three days a year. And you want to know how I made $80,000?"

    "It's not your income that bothers us," the agent said. "It's these deductions. You listed six trips to Bermuda for you and your wife."

    "Oh, that," the owner said, smiling. "I forgot to tell you - we also deliver."

  • Integrity #2

    failure targetA male pastor walked into a neighborhood pub to use the restroom. The place was hopping with music and dancing, until people saw the pastor. As the room quieted down he walked up to the bartender, and asked, "May I please use the restroom?"

    The bartender replied, "I really don't think you should."

    "Why not?" the pastor asked. "I really need to use a restroom!"

    "Well, I don't think you should. There is a statue of a naked woman in there — and she's only covered by a fig leaf!"

    "Nonsense," said the pastor, "I'll look the other way!"

  • Legalism 3

    jewish scrollA Rabbi was walking home from the Temple and saw one of his good friends, a pious and learned man who could usually beat the rabbi in religious arguments.

    The rabbi started walking faster so that he could catch up to his friend, when he was horrified to see his friend go into a non kosher Chinese restaurant. Standing at the door, he observed his friend talking to a waiter and gesturing at a menu. A short time later, the waiter reappeared carrying a platter full of spare ribs, shrimp in lobster sauce, crab rangoon and other treif that the Rabbi could not bear to think about.

  • Our Greatest Need

    cross“If God had perceived that our greatest need was economic, he would have sent an economist.

    If he had perceived that our greatest need was entertainment, he would have sent us a comedian or an artist.

    If God had perceived that our greatest need was political stability, he would have sent us a politician.

    If he had perceived that our greatest need was health, he would have sent us a doctor.

    But he perceived that our greatest need involved our sin, our alienation from him, our profound rebellion, our death;

    ... and he sent us a Savior. ”

    ― D.A. Carson, A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers

  • Secret Sin

    locksmithMy friend's father is a locksmith in a resort town.

    Once he saw a group of beach goers park near his shop and dump trash from their car on his property.

    As soon as they were out of sight, the locksmith picked the lock on their car door, put the garbage back inside and re-locked the car.

  • Willful Sins, Signs vs. Obedience

    footballBy the time Ted arrived at the football game, the first quarter was almost over.

    "Why are you so late?" his friend asked.

    I had to toss a coin to decide between going to church and coming to the game."

    "How long could that have taken you?"

    "Well, I had to toss it 14 times."