Sunday, January 29, 2012

Schaeffer: sin is in all of us

Sunday, January 29, 2012
    For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.
    —Romans 11:32 (NIV)
    Nothing will help you as much in meeting people, no matter how far out they are or how caught up in the modern awfulness, than for them to perceive in you the attitude “we are both sinners.” This does not mean that we minimize sin, but we can still exhibit that we understand him because we stand in the same place. We can say “us” rather than just “you.” To project shock as though we are better slams the door shut. Each of us does not need to look beyond himself to know that men and women are sinners.
    ... Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984), No Little People, Downer Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1974, reprint, Crossway, 2003, p. 46 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    You remind me, Lord, that my sin is no better than my neighbor’s.
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