Sin by its very nature is deceptive so that even when we confess our sins we can continue to walk in the darkness that masquerades as light. That is why posting the Ten Commandments on every street corner of the planet won’t get the job done in the same way that speed limit signs do little to curb speeding. That’s because we tend to think of sin as behavior which means we can do something about it. In that sense the carrot on a stick of encouragement nor the scourge and rod of enforcement can cure our rebellious ways. For sin is far more devious and demonic so that while behaviors might be modified the root cause is not. To use the old language - we are by nature sinful and unclean – which means our orientation is rebellion and resistance to the relationship God desires to have with us. So what can we do? We confess that we do not want to be all that we were meant to be and trust that God’s mercy is more than able to break through the darkness that clouds our vision and not only ours but the darkness that engulfs the whole world. When attitudes change, not by threat or reward but the compelling love of Christ, the grip of sin will be loosened and we will walk more fully in the light of love which is a real relationship with God.