Sins always need to go somewhere. We can try to deny that they are sins or shift them onto others, concentrating on their evils. But those two strategies will always fail. Sins need to be carried away. In this message, we’ll hear how they can be carried away. And we’ll also answer the question: “what hath Leviticus to do with Facebook?” Sermon by Steve Swan from the 15th of May, 2016.
“It seems to me that you only pardon the sins that you don’t really think sinful. You only forgive criminals when they commit what you don’t regard as crimes, but rather as conventions. You forgive a conventional duel just as you forgive a conventional divorce. You forgive because there isn’t anything to be forgiven.”
G.K. Chesterton (1874 – 1936), The Secret of Father Brown
Nothing makes us less capable of empathy than consciousness of victimhood. Self-conscious victimhood leads to cruelty that calls itself righteousness and thereby generates more victims. Students who encounter this idea experience a thrill of recognition.
Gary Saul Morson, “Why College Kids Are Avoiding the Study of Literature”
The victims most interesting to us are always those who allow us to condemn our neighbors. And our neighbors do the same. They always think first about the victims for whom they hold us responsible… In our world, in short, we are all bombarding each other with victims…
René Girard (1923 – 2015), I See Satan Fall Like Lightning
For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.