Summary: A look at how the Seven Deadly Sins twist our God-created nature into something unnatural.
- There are certain conversations in life that I love.
o Last week, while at Physical Therapy for my shoulder, I wound up discussing Calvinistic theology and how it applies within a modern context with my therapist.
o You know…light conversation for 7:45 in the morning.
o She happens to be the daughter of missionaries, and when she discovered I was a pastor, there was a natural segue into faith and life.
• I have two degrees in biblical studies and Christian leadership, so having time to actually discuss the stuff I paid so much to learn about is kind of fulfilling.
• And then there are conversations that aren’t quite as fulfilling.
o If there are times when we’re looking forward to talking with someone, then there are also times when we dread doing the same thing.
o And the difference in those conversations is the subject matter.
o One of my roles as a pastor is to manage staff, and there are times when I’ve had to let staff go.
o A number of years ago, I had to fire a youth intern that worked for me.
o He was a really nice kid, but he wasn’t living up to the expectations that his position had, and after a certain amount of time, it was clear that he wasn’t willing to take his responsibilities seriously.
o I called him on a Wednesday night, and told him that I wanted to meet with him the next morning.
o And I didn’t really sleep well in the hours in between.
o What complicated that was the relationship I had with his dad, who was a friend and another pastor in town with me.
o But, in the end, I knew what needed to be done, and I had the conversation no one enjoys having.
• We’ve all lived out moments like that.
o Maybe you haven’t needed to fire someone, but you’ve known that the next conversation you’re going to have with somebody will be uncomfortable.
o Maybe it’s a close friend that you’re suddenly in the midst of a conflict with.
o Or maybe it’s a spouse who’s caught onto that little thing you’ve tried to keep secret from them.
o Or maybe its time to talk to your kids about sex, drugs and rock and roll.
o Two out of those three are awesome, within the right context.
• Regardless, there are crucial conversations in life that need to happen, even if we’re not looking forward to it.
THE 800 LB GORILLA IN THE ROOM
• Today, we begin a series that will be uncomfortable for us.
• It will be awkward for me as the speaker, and trying for you as the listener.
• And the reason it will be uncomfortable is because we’re going to talk about sin.
o Within the context of our faith, sin is the one thing that we are all aware of, yet we really don’t talk about it, let alone deal with it.
o But sin is what brings us to God in the first place, right?
o And so, there’s this weird paradox in regards to sin the longer we live as followers of Jesus Christ.
• On the front end of faith, I’ve found that people that are coming to Jesus will talk about everything.