I get it. Being the father of two young children who have filled diapers with the best of them, I understand the unending, insatiable need for diapers. The thought of stealing diapers, however, is about as petty as it gets. Nevertheless, over the weekend the Diaper Bank of North Carolina had 13,000 diapers stolen. Apparently the thieves aren’t even planning to put them to “good” use on their own children (if they have any). The diapers are showing up at garage sales and on the streets for $4 per package, bringing a potential profit of $24,000 from the 6,000 stolen diaper packages (Fox News).
It’s sad to think about the petty sins people commit. If they weren’t already, these thieves’ souls are now in eternal jeopardy for stealing diapers! These crooks are apparently willing to throw heaven away just to make a few bucks and possibly cover a few baby bottoms (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
Sometimes a little perspective is in order. Are stolen diapers worth eternal punishment? If this sounds completely and utterly ridiculous, then we get the point — no sin is worth going to hell for (Luke 16:19-31).
It’s easy to get caught up in the heat of a tempting moment (James 1:14-15). We can lie and convince ourselves the most silly and ridiculous sins are actually worth it. We can persuade ourselves into thinking the sin really isn’t all that bad. No matter what we tell ourselves, there is never, ever a sin that is worth risking the eternal reward of heaven (Revelation 21:10-27; 22:1-5).