“I am not in the sin management business.”
I hear this assertion thrown around from time to time. I say, “Amen.” I am not in the sin management business either. Indeed, I don’t think any Christian is in the sin management business.
But, of course, the people who have popularized this sentence think I am wrong. They think lots of Christians are up to their necks in sin management, and they think that is a bad thing to do.
Most often this topic comes up when someone starts talking about sin. Someone will pipe up to make it clear that they are not interested in sin management, which I take as a way of saying they think we talk too much — or should not talk at all — about sin.
I wonder what they do at their doctor’s office or their auto mechanic.
Larry Lugnut comes up to them after going over their beloved Vega and informs them that the radiator is busted and needs to be replaced.
Do they correct Larry?
“Look, I’m not interested in radiator leak management. We don’t need to talk about that. Let’s talk about how we make the car work better.”
We would forgive Larry, in this case, for being confused. To him, benighted as this may seem, fixing the leaking radiator is how you get the car working better. It is broken. It needs to be fixed.
Similarly, many Christians talk about what is broken in us. They do this not because they want to talk about broken things, but because they want to fix, repair, and rehabilitate what keeps us from being the people God desires — even commands — us to be. They are not doing it because they are in the sin management business. They are doing it because they are in the holiness business, and you can’t be holy with a busted radiator.