Summary: As we seek to draw closer to Christ, we discover our sinfulness, and ways to overcome them by drawing closer to Christ.
The Great Adventure?
The 7 Deadly Sins
February 11, 2018
Have you ever asked the question . . . “What's wrong with me?”
It's a question we all ask ourselves from time to time. When we blow up at our kids or at our spouse, we wonder - - - what's wrong with me? When we come home from the store with something else we don't need and can't afford - - - what's wrong with me? When we wolf down that extra donut in the break room - - - when we fantasize about someone else, when we hear about someone’s good fortune and we become angry instead of happy for them, when we realize we've wasted another evening channel-surfing . . . whatever it is - - - we find ourselves asking “What’s wrong with me?!”
Something's not right - - - somewhere deep inside our heart and spirit - - - we know, we’re not really happy, but it’s deeper than that. There’s no inner peace, there’s no joy. Sometimes, we’re not sure how we got there, but here we’re there. Physically, our vital signs are good, but something’s wrong inside. What's wrong with us?
The unpopular answer is - - we're sinful. It's not a popular diagnosis, but it's the truth. And no matter how much we protest, no matter how much better we may seem to be than other people, deep down we know something’s wrong — and it’s killing us. Ahh - don’t you love my uplifting messages?
Well, we’ve moved into the season of lent. Lent officially began on Valentine’s Day! What a day to start a season of preparation. Preparing to draw closer to the works of Jesus as He leads us to the cross. During the season of lent, the Christ follower is to pray, repent, maybe give up something or take up something . . . all with the purpose of becoming more like Jesus.
We ask the Lord to search our hearts and spirits to help us determine what’s wrong with us and how we can rid ourselves of our sinfulness. We’ve already started this process, and we’re going to continue through Easter to look at our sinfulness. But not just our sinfulness, but how we can overcome it. To do that, we’re going to use the seven deadly sins as our tool.
There is nothing in the Bible which explicitly states these are the 7 deadly sins. In short, the list of these sins began in the monastic movement around the 3rd century. Those who were in the monastic movement tried to remove themselves from the temptations and sinfulness of humanity. So, these monks and others would move to the desert and live in caves and huts, living like hermits.
But they realized no matter how much they distanced themselves from people, the sins they were running from, always seemed to show up and would destroy their communion with God and one another.
They discovered this sinfulness was in them. Wherever they went, that sin went with them. They could never outrun it.
It was Pope Gregory the Great in the 7th century who popularized the list, putting it in its current form and applying it to the daily lives of ordinary people. He actually wrote an eight-volume work on the sins! Wouldn't that make for some nice bedtime reading?