Do you live in a sinful city? A study was done recently by WalletHub ranking American cities by their level of sin. The areas judged were Anger and Hatred, Jealousy, Excesses and Vices, Greed, Lust, Vanity and Laziness. It was interesting to see how each of these categories led to overt crimes or social ills. Here is their list of the top ten: (number one being most sinful) 1. Las Vegas 2. Los Angeles 3. New York 4. Houston 5. St Louis 6. Atlanta 7. Miami 8. Philadelphia 9. Chicago 10. Orlando.
Today’s verse helps to level the playing field. All is a pretty inclusive word! There is not a city, village or hamlet on this earth that is not affected by sin. And the reason these cities are sinful has very little to do with what city ordinances allow or do not allow. The reason cities are sinful is because they are full of sinful people. The hard truth taught in Scripture is that all of mankind stands guilty of sin before the Lord. We all fall short of the glory of His perfection.
I am so thankful that this hard truth does not stop there! Just as all have broken God’s laws, so all have the opportunity to be freely forgiven and declared righteous because of Christ’s sacrifice! I have been bought back from sin’s ownership because of His love and grace! I am a sinner but I am a sinner that is saved by His grace. I do not deserve it. But because of His unmerited favor, I am “in Christ” (Rom. 8:1) and my sin no longer condemns me!
Thank you Lord, for forgiving me.