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The Most Annoying Word

By Don Loftis | 10.14.09

Recently, pollsters from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York surveyed American adults to discover what word they felt was the most annoying. The winner, selected by over 47% of the respondents, was the term “whatever.” The poll found this term to be consistently disliked by Americans regardless of their race, gender, age, income or geographic location. It easily outdistanced “you know” (25%), “it is what it is” (11%), “anyway” (7%), and “at the end of the day” (2%).

While Christians may be annoyed by “whatever,” we need to be appalled by the word “sin.” The term originally meant “to miss the mark,” as in an arrow that failed to hit the target. Spiritually, it refers to our breaking God’s law, and thereby missing His mark of righteousness.

The proverb writer says in 14:34, “Sin is a reproach to any people.” The Hebrew writer reveals that sin is deceptive (Heb. 3:13), while John adds, “the one who practices sin is of the devil” (I John 3:8). Both Paul and James warn that death will be the result of unrepentant
sin (Rom. 6:23 & James 1:15).

Sin enslaves individuals, hurts loved ones, destroys nations, divides churches, and breaks the heart of God. The sins of people throughout history sent Jesus to the cross, and someday unforgiven sins will cost folks their souls throughout eternity.

Though many jokes are made, sin is not a laughing matter. Let us hate sin and do all we can to avoid it. Additionally, let us commit to warn others of sin and its dire consequences.


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