Sins of Omission

Sometimes we prefer to fly under the radar.  We want to stay out of the spotlight.  We would prefer to not get involved, particularly if it’s going to get messy.  Or risky.  And so we keep quiet.  We look the other way.  We don’t come forward. And therefore we sin…

1 If anyone sins because they do not speak up when they hear a public charge to testify regarding something they have seen or learned about, they will be held responsible.
Leviticus 5:1

17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
James 4:17

Are you guilty of committing sins of omission?

I think we all might fall victim to this area on occasion.  We don’t want to get caught up in the drama or the chaos or risk the collateral damage to our own lives by getting involved.  God calls this sin.  It’s a sin of omission.  We know what we ought to do, yet we do not do it for our own selfish reasons.

Good and right are not optional for the follower of God.  They are expected behaviours.  We shouldn’t do right for reciprocity, yet imagine if no one comes forward to tell the truth or provide facts and testimony – ever.  Sooner or later we will be the ones disadvantaged by the omissions of others.

Rather, we ought to set the example for others to follow. 

There are times when doing right will come back to haunt us or even draw negative consequences for us in the process.  This will make it even more difficult to do what is right.  Remember that Jesus went before us and in order for him to do the Father’s will, he had to die a brutal death.

The crosses we bear daily to be an example of doing right and good will be much easier to carry compared to our Lord…


Marc Kinna

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