Hook, draw, deed, thought: When does it become sinWhen does a draw become a hook? If you are a golfer you would realize I am asking about the intensity of the curve in a ball’s trajectory after it has been hit.
By: Pastor Mark Holmes, Superior Telegram
When does a draw become a hook? If you are a golfer you would realize I am asking about the intensity of the curve in a ball’s trajectory after it has been hit.
A “draw” defines a slight curve where a hook is more extreme. Where does a draw become a hook? I have asked this question a number of times but can never get an answer.
Pastors often have the same type of question asked of them. When does temptation become sin?
Some say when a thought becomes an action. One might mull an opportunity over in their mind yet choose not to do it, while another commits the act. Action advocates would say the first person is innocent and the latter guilty.
But Jesus refined the distinction between temptation and sin when He taught that one’s thoughts may fulfill the sin without the action taking place. Thoughts of lust, anger and envy, once held in the mind, are equal to action. For Jesus, sin begins with our thoughts, actions are unnecessary.
To prevent a draw from becoming a hook, a golfer adjusts his stance and grip in anticipation their efforts could go awry.
In the same way, the conscientious Christian should adjust their thinking to prevent them from committing sin. As the Apostle Paul encouraged: “... whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8).
Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997.