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.