Scripture does not sugarcoat our lives. We are sinners that fail to live by God’s moral demands. As C.S. Lewis said, Perhaps humanity’s greatest problem is believing they have no problem with God. And yet, Scripture tells us that our sin is so impossible to overcome by our own efforts, that we need God’s help to redeem the destructive effects of our own sinful nature. To make matters worse, our problem is not limited to the sins we commit. Our greatest problem is that our nature (being) is infected by satan’s evil, which Scripture teaches us we inherited from our first parents. Like them, after the fall, we initially approach every aspect of life in a sinful way. The result is a broken relationship with God and one another. St. Paul taught that, the evil I am doing, I believe to be good (Rom 7:19). We need God’s help to limit the destructive effects of our sinful nature. Therein lies our need to be cleansed by the waters of baptism. For the very first Christians baptism was, above all else, a cleansing bath of total immersion to drown one’s sinful nature. But, that’s not all that baptism does! It not only pronounces a death sentence on our sinful nature, baptism also blesses us with the indwelling of Christ’s own presence. Luther said, baptism begins our dying to sin and our rising with Christ. Through baptism the image of God, in which we were created, is restored. Just because our old inclination to sin remains, we should rely on Christ’s own Spirit which now lives within us because of our baptism. Every day is a new opportunity to remember and celebrate the blessings of our baptism. Every day is a new opportunity to commit ourselves to a renewed relationship with Christ and a greater participation in Christ’s mission of reconciliation to restore our relationship with God and one another.
Does it make sense to you that humans are infected by sin?