Monday, December 04, 2023

Hauerwas: fundamental sin

Monday, December 4, 2023
    Commemoration of Nicholas Ferrar, Deacon, Founder of the Little Gidding Community, 1637
    [Jesus:] “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
    “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.
    “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.”
    —Luke 17:26-30 (NIV)
    Our sin is so fundamental, that we must be taught to recognize it; we cannot perceive its radical nature so long as we remain formed by it. Sin is not some universal tendency of humankind to be inhumane or immoral, though sin may involve inhumanity and immorality. We are not sinful because we participate in some general human condition, but because we deceive ourselves about the nature of reality and so would crucify the very one who calls us to God’s kingdom.
    ... Stanley Hauerwas (b. 1940), The Peaceable Kingdom, University of Notre Dame Press, 1983, p. 30-31 (see the book)
    See also Luke 17:26-30; Ps. 32:2; 51:2,7; Isa. 28:14-15; Matt. 21:38-39; Mark 7:20-23; 15:12-14; Luke 6:45; 11:35; 12:16-21; 23:20-21; John 8:34; 19:14-15; Acts 2:36; Rom. 6:6-7; Gal. 6:7-8; 2 Tim. 3:12-13; Heb. 12:1; 1 John 1:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, open my eyes to my sin.
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