The Toxic Sludge of Sin

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On Monday, October 4th, 2010, a large reservoir filled with toxic red sludge in western Hungary ruptured, releasing approximately 700,000 cubic meters (185 million gallons) of stinking caustic mud, which killed many animals, at least four people, and injured more than 120—many with chemical burns.   The twelve-foot-high flood of sludge inundated several towns, sweeping cars off the road as it flowed into the nearby Marcal River.   Emergency workers rushed to pour 1,000 tons of plaster into the Marcal River in an attempt to bind the sludge and keep it from flowing on to the Danube some 45 miles away.   The red sludge in the reservoir is a byproduct of refining bauxite into alumina, which took place at an alumina plant run by the Hungarian Alumina Production and Trading Company.   A criminal probe has just been opened by Hungarian authorities.

What if we looked at sin like God looks at sin?   Like toxic sludge.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. (Romans 1:18)

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.   For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.   So they are without excuse. (Romans 1:19-20)

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. (Romans 1:21)

Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. (Romans 1:22-23)

Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever!   Amen. (Romans 1:24-25)

For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. (Romans 1:26)

For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. (Romans 1:26-27)

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. (Romans 1:28)

They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. (Romans 1:29)

They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. (Romans 1:29)

They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. (Romans 1:29-31)

Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. (Romans 1:32)

For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. (Romans 8:19)

For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. (Romans 8:20-21)

For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. (Romans 8:22)

And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. (Romans 8:23)

Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. (Isaiah 1:16-17)

“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow…” (Isaiah 1:18)

“…though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.   The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.   We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20)

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

One comment

  1. chrisclevenger2008

    Wow! What an amazing and deplorable picture of sin! Thank you for making the connection and presenting it in such a fashion. I would to God that all men, including myself, would see sin as God sees it. "Toxic red sludge," what better comparison can be made?