When I was in the Navy, I was the Chief Master at Arms of the ship (the Sheriff). One of my responsibilities was to assist the Chaplain while at sea. There were resources I has access to that the Chaplain didn’t.
While at sea, there is one thing that can take down a ship faster and more completely than a bomb or torpedo. This terrible thing is “bad morale.” Bad Morale is a virus that can spread through a ship faster than the plague and is twice as damaging.
Within two weeks after a ship deploys, the “Dear John” letters begin. Both the Chaplain and I had access to the Group Chaplain and the Group master at Arms, it was faster to call them instead of sending correspondence. However, we had to remember that they were helping hundreds of ships where we were helping a few.
Early on I saw the necessity of getting acquainted with all the people at the different agencies I would need to encounter for assistance for my men and women in the fleet. You see, “Dear John letters” don’t just come to the men. By the way, they are called “dear Joanne letters.”
For the chaplain and I, it was even worse than for the individuals. Because you get so close to the people themselves, each of the letters hurts you individually. In a few days they begin to add up. I can somewhat know how God must have felt.
God was doing everything He could for the Children of Israel, and they betrayed Him with idol gods. The people the chaplain and I were helping were experiencing the same betrayal. They had loved their mate with all their heart and as soon as they were out of sight, their mate turned to someone else.
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?Romans 6:1-2 (NKJV)
Today there is a wicked group of teachers and preachers who advocate sin after salvation. These people use just a part of a sentence as their only reference for this action. A portion of Romans 3:23 states, “for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” These same teachers and preachers conveniently omit the last half of the 25th verse where Paul tells us that these were the sins committed beforehand, the sins committed “before salvation.” Yes, before salvation we were all sinners.
In all my years of teaching, I have never heard but one person say they had never sinned. Unfortunately, I had to prove her wrong for her own good. Am I perfect? By no means, I simply don’t sin every day like some say they do.
How can we help people become better Christians? Do we make them study more, lecture them on their sins, bring them before the church counsel, how do we teach others not to sin? We do what Jesus did. We set the example for all to see. We let them watch us as we show them how not to sin.