Wilbur Chapman tells of a distinguished minister who preached on sin. One of his leading members came to him and said, “Please don’t talk so plainly about sin. It will give our young ones the wrong idea. Call it a ‘mistake’ if you will.” The parson took a bottle of strychnine that was marked “poison” and showed it to his visitor. He said, “I understand what you want me to do. You want me to change the label. Suppose I take this label off and mark it ‘oil of Anise’ or some other mild liquid. Can’t you see the danger in what you are asking? The milder you make the label, the more dangerous it makes the poison.” The world hardly recognizes sin anymore. We substitute politically correct names for it.
Steven Clark Goad
Blythe church of Christ