In the classic play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Juliet says that famous line - "that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet." I say, calling a sin by another name helps it not smell so stinky. The Bible talks about sin bringing a stench and we would rather use more "air freshener" than get rid of the sin.
We love to "rename" our stinky sins !
- We do that by ascribing the worst motives to others, while using other phrases (air freshener) to let ourselves off the hook.
- If you do it, you're a liar; I just "stretch the truth a little."
- You lose your temper; I have righteous anger.
- You're a jerk; I'm having a bad day.
- You curse and swear; I let off steam.
- You're pushy; I'm intensely goal-oriented.
- You're a hypochondriac; but I'm really sick.
- You stink; I just have an "earthy aroma."
- You have a critical spirit; I honestly tell the truth.
- You gossip; I share prayer requests.