I’m convinced the “sin hammer” is a major distraction from the Kingdom of God. Never heard of the sin hammer? Then let me explain: It’s the handy tool that’s often placed in the hands of fresh, young believers when they turn their faces towards Jesus; the alien idea that the essence of Christianity is the eradication of sin.
“Look here, son. Now that you’re a believer, there’s something you need to know: Your focus now is to eradicate sin everywhere you find it.”
“See it around you in your community? Then hammer away!!”
“In your neighbor? Then whump it hard! Your mission is to expose it, judge it, and stomp it out anywhere you find it because – make no mistake – it is EVERYWHERE!”
“See it in your own life? Shame on you! Grab that sin hammer, roll up your sleeves and go to work until it’s pulverized and dead.”
Now obviously we ought to hate sin. None of us who share in the life of Jesus should feel any tenderness towards the cosmic poison that cost the life of God’s Son on the cross. But the problem with all this focus on sin is exactly that – that sin, (and finding freedom from it), has become the focus! And soon we have a whole army of Evangelicals hammering away at everything around them, including themselves! The glorious, liberating truth is that Jesus has already brought a death blow to sin so that we can focus on Him and his amazing Kingdom! I believe He would tenderly ask us, “Son… what is that thing you’re swinging around like a flyswatter? Don’t you know that I have solved the sin problem so that you can get on with life!? It’s no longer about sin. It’s about me! And if you’ll focus on me and my kingdom, I’ll do all the hammering that needs to be done.”