The Unspoken. Sin.

In a little over an hour, I head to the Northwest University chapel to speak to our student body for the first time.  The powers that be have assigned me a text from the gospel of John, so the topics upon which I can speak have been somewhat circumscribed.  After looking through the passage, I’ve decided to echo the words of Jesus and just tell everyone to stop sinning.

At a certain level that sounds a bit harsh and judgmental, but then I suppose it does lie within the best traditions of Scripture and the history of the Church.  It is hard to spend much time studying either without realizing how pervasive sin is.  Individually and corporately, we human beings are good at it.  We destroy ourselves, each other, and our world.

It will be interesting to see how, or if, the community responds.  For though I certainly include myself amongst that number that needs to stop sinning, no one likes to be told they do.

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2 comments on “The Unspoken. Sin.

  1. Josh says:

    To stop sinning is to stop being human. How far do we want to go to be good in God’s eyes?

  2. Josh,

    The passage I was preaching from was John 4-5, within which Jesus tells a person to “Stop sinning, or something worse will happen to you.” Though just a single episode, it does point to Jesus calling for a stop to sin.

    My Wesleyan friends would point us to Jesus in Matthew 5:48, where he tells his hearers to “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” They would further dig into I John 2;1, where the writer notes “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin.” Though the author of I John does tip his hat to the notion that we do sin and are flawed, the direction is set.

    Two bigger questions, however:

    1. What is sin, anyway? How one defines it will impact this discussion a lot.
    2. Is the goal here to “be good?” I’m not convinced that sin should necessarily be interpreted according to human notions of good/evil…but perhaps something else entirely.

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