Talk about "sin" and you'll make quick friends AND enemies. Some people are absolutely hobbled and angered by the idea of "sin" while others relish in the concept. indeed, they need the concept to make sense of a relationship with the Divine.
I don't believe any person should carry guilt and shame (so often associated with "sin") strapped to their psyche. But I have a gut feeling that there is probably some truth buried in the idea that sin exists. It is plausible to me that sin is a kind of archetype with which humanity must deal -- something akin to the chaos in creation (which get's only mostly tamed in the first six days).
It is sometimes said that sin is a concept perpetuated by the religious elite to wield power and secure wealth. This, they say, is the problem with religion. But religion -- when expressed well -- functions to connect our world to Divine intentions. It is inclusive and merciful: its feeds the poor, shows mercy to the widow, looks after children and downtrodden.
Sometimes cynicism runs unchecked in these twenty-first century United States. And under the cynics pen, religion doesn't often get a great review. But I simply remember the popular phrase, "you can't judge Beethoven's music by the way the Junior High Band plays it." I, therefore, maintain hope and work to strengthen humanity through the practice of religion. Let's keep faith, love, and grace active. Let's hope they the will reap a harvest according in their own time, according to their own purpose.
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