We have to appreciate Aaron’s response to Moses’ question of what happened: “It was the people. They made me do it. And when I threw the gold into the fire, this calf just happened to pop out!” Yes, we have to appreciate Aaron’s response, not because it is admirable in any way but because we tend to respond in the same way to sin.
We deflect. We minimize. We rationalize. We are just like Aaron and just like our ancient ancestors Adam and Eve in Eden. Our sin keeps us from even owning up to our sin. That is the downward cycle of our hearts and minds. But thankfully, God has not left us in our depravity.
As Christians, we can make the mistake of languishing in our sin and failing to grasp grace. We can forget that all of our sin has been paid for by Christ. But at the same time, we are just as prone, perhaps more so, to view our sin lightly and abuse God’s grace. We want to avoid both extremes and instead see our sin as forgiven, yes, but still with consequences for both us and others.
What is your perspective of your sin: Do you tend to minimize it or languish in it? Why?