The Eighth Sin
Remember the seven cardinal sins? You’re given the serious task of adding a new one to the list — another trait or behavior you find particularly unacceptable, for whatever reason. What’s sin #8 for you? Why?
Since I was not reared in the Catholic church, I had to look them up. Last time we did this post I wrote about the misuse of grammar, and tried to do it in a comical way. I’m not feeling comical this morning, and this question has set me to thinking.
Well, about the way people treat each other. I did a post about this here yesterday, and I’m still thinking about it. I’m a therapist, so I spend my three working days each week listening to accounts of how people mistreat each other. It often boils down to a simple lack of courtesy; it often involves loving self far more than loving God or anyone else.
Jesus said this: (Matthew 28:37-38)
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38This is the first and great commandment.39And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Do you notice that Jesus assumes that we love ourselves? Otherwise, He would not have instructed us to love others in the same way we love ourselves, would He? It would also seem that before we can love ourselves, we must learn to love Him without reservation, with every bit of our being. Then we are imbued by the Holy Spirit to share His love with those around us.
I’m not going to try to figure out any extra deadly sin here. I share this with you this morning only because it is so much on my mind right now. People treat people poorly. Hurt people hurt people. Angry people hurt people. Selfish people hurt people.
It is not and never was God’s plan that people should spend all of history hurting other people. It is not God’s fault that we do it. It is our own self-centered, narrow-minded, egocentric perspective.
And that’s enough sermonizing for today.