Making a Mockery of Sin

For my times of connection with God over the last few weeks, I have been reading through Genesis.  There is this really weird story that you come to at the end of Genesis 9Open Link in New Window.  God has just destroyed the earth due to the sin in it.  He has found Noah to be the only righteous person so He has spared Noah and his family as an act of His grace while wiping out the rest of the world by an act of His wrath.  Noah gets off of the ark, gets blessings and promises, and then the most random thing happens.  Noah decides to get drunk and then lounge outside naked.  This seems very odd for this to be put in scripture, but I think that there are two key reasons for this very odd passage.  The first thing is that God wants to present not just the sucesses of His people but also the failures.  Noah, the one that God finds righteous, fails.  God does not present people in the Bible as these ethereal and holier-than-thou people.  He presents them as real people who have real struggles, but the thing that defines them and sets them apart is this pursuit of God and His desires.  The second thing is this cursing of Canaan that we see at the very end of the passage.  So Cannan, one of Noah’s sons, spots his father lounging outside of his tent drunk and naked.  So what does this son do? The ideal thing for him to do would be to try to cover up his father’s sin and failure that is on display for the whole world to see, but instead Canaan goes and gets his brothers so they can check out this crazy scene.  After this whole deal is over, Canaan receives a curse from Noah and is placed as a slave to his brothers. To me this whole cursing thing was very odd until it hit me that Canaan was making a mockery of Noah’s sin.  He was taking the sin of this man of God lightly and sharing it with others like it was some kind of joke.  Then it hit me how often I make light of the sin in my life and the culture around me.  How often and easily are we willing to sit back and take a laugh at sin presented on TV or in the movies or in the lives of others around us? When we do, we are acting just like Canaan.  We should be like the two other brothers, which received a blessing, and seek to cover the sin up from public view and then confront the person caught in that sin.