Monday, 5 March 2018
Have you ever had the experience where you think something is a good idea and then when you begin you ask "Why did I ever think of that?" That was my experience as we started our four Sunday examination of "churchy" words. On this first week we considered the concept of sin. Thanks to David and Donna who initiated the reflection by sharing their ideas. Although many people outside and inside the church think sin is no longer a relevant term, I found myself defending the concept as important. There has been way too much "blaming" people for transgressing major and minor commandments. Those who do the "blaming" are often no more morally righteous than anyone else (I'm reminded of Jesus' instruction to take the log out of one's own eye before criticizing the speck in the eye of someone else). For me, the concept of sin invites us into self-reflection NOT self-blame and certainly not blaming someone else. I concluded that my understanding of sin is: "relentless self-interest to the exclusion of others." It is this relentless self-interest that I must continue to wrestle with in my own life, especially in light of my desire to respond to God's invitation to love neighbour. At the end of the sermon I worried that I may have left people in a self-blaming place and if that happened I apologize. My intention is to encourage reflection upon the disparities between where we want to be as followers of Jesus and where relentless self-interest often takes us. I would appreciate hearing your responses to my thoughts. It's a tough topic and is best addressed with shared wisdom. I look forward to hearing from you.