Monday, November 12, 2007

Boring Sins

"Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to" (1 Timothy 5:13, NIV).

How often do we get into sin and trouble because we are bored? How often does an idle conversation turn to speculation and then to slander? How often do we cause arguments because we are not being productive and feel like we need something to do? How often have we been misled into thinking that we are doing something productive for Christ when we are engaging in arguments over trivia instead of spreading the gospel or helping someone in need? How many false doctrines have arisen because someone was bored with teaching from the Bible? How many churches have stagnated because they have become bored with Bible teaching and worship and service? How many crimes have been committed by bored people? How many people get drunk or high because they are bored? Could boredom be the most overlooked cause for sin in the world? I do not know, but it must be a contender for the title.

2 comments:

Todd M said...

Very interesting. In recent days I have been involved in several conversations with folks on this very topic.

I think it is interesting to note that the busiest people in life tend to be those who are happiest, while those with lots of idle time end up being bitter or depressed.

God made us to be people of action.

Terry said...

Todd,

Thanks for those insights. I think you are right. There could be a close connection between idleness and depression, and between busyness and happiness. I had not thought of that before your comments.

When Christ saves us, he infuses meaning into our lives, even into our mundane activities. We now live for the glory of God, even as we do the simplest things in life (1 Corinthians 10:31). He has given our lives meaning, so now we do not need to be bored.

I appreciate your response to my post!