Eric's Sunday Sermon; No Need For Sin
Just a note
(My good buddy who was my father in law was captured this day back in 1974. He was attached to a US Army Ranger Paratrooper Outfit. He was born and raised in a town called Cu Chi where he ultimately died. He saw sin. He tried to prevent it. I do not know sin as good men and women have protected me from it. Thank you heroes.)
Maybe ugly but not sin.
In this full on frontal assault on those who say we all are condemned, we teach ‘em a lesson. Please listen to it.
Let us go right to the basics here. There are people who tell you that you are sinful and will go to hell if you do not follow some rules. Don’t jump to fast, they do this in Hindu, Shinto, Buddhism and so many countless others like, Muslim, Jewish and at least a handful of the African “religions”. Oh they do not undress it so much like Christians and Jews but it is woven into the fabric and if you do not see it, you are a blind follower. If you don’t get the moral/spiritual notion of “you do bad, bad stuff happens” please move along peacefully and be very happy.
We all do wrong. We just have to accept that. For a good bit I acquainted it with the rotation of Mother Earth. Sure why not? How many times have you dropped something kind of precious and it broke – phone? Dish? Picture? Egg? – well you took the heat for that but you just as well could blame the resulting breakage on gravity. So you were not careful but the fall was gravity’s fault. Did you know that some cultures believe the ground rises to the object and there is no gravity? (start off with something like animism and anthropomorphism and relativism get the search terms and look it up – in a week you will have something, fascinating for us word geeks, hell I can make the case that gravity is a pull up, with no string theory at all)
So is there relativism in sin? As an expert I can 100% for sure tell you there is. Bummer huh? For black and white folk ;-) Sorry.
You have two basic types of sin. “Oops” and “Damn”. That is what you say at least when you realize that is what you have done. Yes oops is carelessness. Damn is when you should have done what is right. Hey that is still when you drop grandmas fine China. You knew how important it was and failed to give it righteous attention. In disciplining a child we must be careful here. As God is with us. The failure does not make us bad, it means we did bad. And if Grandma makes us feel bad over the China then that is far worse than us dropping it. Life and death is so much more and helping so much more than accidents.
So we are looking more at impact than we are on deed? I submit we are, and I do not mean that impact on others. I mean that major major issue of separation from God in you. That resulting distance as a result “of”.
My friends, fear is not sin!
Thank you for lifting me up.
Did it surprise you that we said so simply up above that sin is two types which are very simple. I promise you it is that way. But us fat cats with time on our hands move to the next level of inquiry. Is that act a sin or is it not?
So a baseline for what is a sin? Hop on the old wagon cuz we got our selves a doosey of a ride into town. Your author just threw it around like – duh, everyone knows what a sin is. Thank God we grow and at least do not stay as stupid as we were, and if not,, sorry for your family and friends. We need to talk. (note I use grammar, syntax and punctuation in a very sinful way – to an English teacher)
Some folks just get all upset over the sin of mismatching clothes. Other’s the sin of being late. I am really sorry to tell you but most people reading this are so far from heinous sin that those two matters mean something. I had a great day. Had to shop in a few places looking for just the right organics. I was in contact with at least 200 people and I did not see a single sin. I picked up my son from school and saw some bad parking and some outfits that should be rethought but no sin. It is evening and we are home and I will not see any sin for sure until, at the earliest 10 am tomorrow. No live news here.
People say that we sin all the time because we are imperfect. I am way imperfect but I swear that I committed no sin today – yet ;-). Where did this notion that all of us are horrible sinners come from? My neighbor told me a funny story today about his righteous brother forbidding pot. Maybe my neighbor was stoned but he was not sinning, and we talked about doing a kid block party out front on the street, how fun. Does he sin because he is high?
Writing this made this “humble sinner” reflect. I call myself a sinner but really I don’t think I have sinned since…. OK maybe that deal about leaving great and good things undone. But I do stuff. I volunteer at the food bank. Bring water to homeless and chat, and sit on two boards of charitable or educational import. Shucks I even bring folks to think of God in my sermons.
You are reading this and you had better be shaking your heads. Because if you care to read about sin I can tell you that you are not going out of your way to sin. Turn that damned TV off. They scour the earth looking for sin and plop it down in your face at dinner time. (maybe that is a sin?) You and your family do not sin. You are way cool. Made perfect as a God creation? I will buy that. It is my experience.
And so here is the cool part for me and I do relish in it. I get to preach Sunday Sermons to a couple hundred of my online pals and gals. And who I reach don’t generally sin. They be cool.
So here, for us, is the very cool part. Confess your sins!
Do a quick check off of stuff you wish you did better. I am sorry to tell you though that my brothers and sisters you really did not sin this last week. Try to do better for sure. But you are a friend of man and God. I loves yous peoples. You are good. And it is my absolute honor and pleasure to remind you that you are awesome. So let us metaphorically hold hands and walk to the front pew and say a simple prayer of thanks. Thank you God for making me good.
I do not know the devil
Somewhere in South East Asia
Be soft in touch and judgment
We are born. That is a natural fact. If we took the Ten Commandments seriously I would have to say that God laughs at my transgressions. I have been a bit of a bad guy. But I sit still and take a look and I see that I can take myself very seriously. But I ain’t even a pimple on a gnat’s ass of bad. If you are normal, you are good. And I know you are good. Let us stop judging our neighbor. And to do that well let us stop judging ourselves harshly. Jesus would not.