Friday, August 17, 2018
THE ONLY WAY TO BANISH GUILT
In Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel, “The Kite Runner,” the author says, “I became what I am today at the age of 12, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975.” On that day, in Afghanistan, Khaled witnessed something terrible being done by adults to his best friend, but Khaled was afraid to intervene. Instead, he ran away. Consequently he bore a terrible burden of guilt for his cowardice. Some years later Khaled went to a wise Muslim leader and asked how he “could become good again.” That leader suggested that he do lots of good deeds to make up for his earlier failing. As Khaled soon discovered, that leader was wrong. Good deeds cannot make sin and guilt go away. Christianity has the only recipe for banishing sin and guilt. It involves the cross. On that cross our perfect Lord paid for the sins of the world. When a person repents of sin and trusts in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, that person’s sin and guilt are removed. Then Christ covers that person with his own goodness. St. Paul described that great exchange this way: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21).