We love to talk about it. C.S. Lewis wrote The Screwtape Letters as an examination of it. Milton and Dante both took it through epic poems. Speaking of Milton, watch Al Pacino’s role in The Devil’s Advocate and you’ll see one of the best monologues on it in any movie.
Sin is an interesting topic and it is oh so easy to point fingers.
Sin is right in our wheelhouse, right over the plate. It is the fastball we can hit with a quick turn of phrase or scripture. We think we have it planned and played out.
We could never be more wrong.
When society gets hold of the concept of sin, they visualize the fanatics at the Westboro Baptist Church protesting funerals with their hate speech. They believe that the church is closed to those struggling because of issues and lifestyle choices. They become the lepers of Biblical times, content to stand outside the walls and live their lives.
We are called to rip down the walls.
I believe we are all works in progress. Our salvation is complete when we are called home. Until then, we are here taking things a day at a time. We are not perfect and the first direction our accusations should fly is at ourselves.
Sin is pervasive. It is in the church just as it is in society. I’ve written before that it can be a window and a mirror.
Our answer stands in Jesus, in perfect and radical love. It is in the arms of those willing to embrace the ones who need it. It is providing comfort and warmth to everyone.
Sin is a window, mirror, and a door. It opens us to community, faith, love, humility, and acceptance. We all can handle it better as a family than we can on our own.
Family is the bottom line. It is the revolution that can change things and help us cool off the fire surrounding the concept of the church and sin.
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