CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

March 16, 2011

Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Sloth #1: Failing to Learn and Politicizing Untruth


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LENTEN STUDY: 7 DEADLY SINS

SLOTH #1: FAILING TO LEARN AND POLITICIZING UNTRUTH

MONTE W. HOLLAND

INTRODUCTION

     The following study is a journey through Lent, the forty-day pre-Easter season (which excludes Sundays).  Easter’s date, determined by the time of the first full moon after the Spring equinox, is very late this year.

     Traditionally, many Christians use Lent for self-examination and a renewal of their commitment to their faith.

     This year I  chose to do a devotional study on aspects of the Seven Deadly Sins, sins identified by very early Christians as key behaviors separating man from God and God’s will. The seven sins are not listed together in the Bible—each is, however, spoken about in various Scripture sites.

THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS:

GREED, ENVY, ANGER, LUST, GLUTTONY, SLOTH and PRIDE.

THE ASPECTS OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS ARE:

#1 Breaking the Mosaic Law

#2 Defying God or rebelling against God

#3 Acts of violence to others

#4 Failing to make proper sacrifices or worship

#5 Not living up to or reflecting God’s glory (not living as one created in God’s image)

 

SLOTH #1:

FAILING TO LEARN AND POLITICIZING UNTRUTH

SCRIPTURE:  16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.” (NIV) (Exodus 20:16)

1 Finally, my dear friends, since you belong to the Lord Jesus, we beg and urge you to live as we taught you. Then you will please God. You are already living that way, but try even harder. 2 Remember the instructions we gave you as followers of the Lord Jesus. (CEV) (1 Thess. 4:1-2)

 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. (KJV) (Matthew 5:19-20)

DEVOTION: Sloth is a word we rarely hear. Its definition is: Disinclination to exertion; habitual indolence; laziness. (Don’t you like definitions with words in them that you need to look up? Indolence is defined as the state of being indolent.  Indolent means averse to exertion or work; lazy; idle.)

     Sloth seems to be about being lazy, unwilling to put in any effort, being idle.

     Look at the scripture readings—I’ve highlighted part of the reading from 1 Thessalonians 4. God not only expects us to learn from teachers in the faith, he expects us to live out the teachings. When we choose to neither grow in our faith experience or to act on our faith, sloth has crept in, threatening our spiritual health.

     Today I want to examine one insidious aspect of sloth—dispersing untruths because too little effort was expended in gathering the truth.

     Much has been said lately about civil discourse by many lightning rods in the public sector. I don’t need to name names. Fill in the blanks with the wide range of names to choose from.

     This past fall we endured an onslaught of television and print ads that disparaged political opponents. To be generous, they included half-truths at best.

     To choose the part of the truth that fits our opinion and ignore the rest is slothful behavior. God gave us the ability to learn, to digest all that we learn, and to act on it according to God’s will.

     We have all heard WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?). I prefer the saying WWJHMD (What Would Jesus Have Me Do?).

     But let’s think about Jesus. Would Jesus disparage political opponents with half-truths and untruths? I don’t think so. Did Jesus bash opponents day after day, and peddle a party line?

     Most of us are not politicians. How is our discourse? Is it civil? Are we pursuing God’s truth with vigor and adjusting our opinions and behavior according to what God reveals to us? Or would we be better described by I’ve got my mind made up. Don’t confuse me with the facts?

     The Ligonier Living (PA) blog (http://ligonierliving.blogspot.com/) is full of controversial posts by persons with differing opinions. By and large the discourse helps to illuminate controversial and complicated issues. Our Christian life should be a zealous search for the truth and a readiness to put it into practice, even when it drives us into new directions. That is the beauty and fullness of the life of faith.

PRAYER:  Forgiving God, too often I fail to get all the facts and shoot from the hip. Give me the decency to put more energy into learning and less energy into sharing popular and unsubstantiated ideas. Amen.

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To start at the beginning of this Lenten study on the Seven Deadly Sins, click on: Ash Wednesday: Intro to Lenten Study on the Seven Deadly Sins

To read the previous devotion, click on: Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Gluttony #1: I Want It All

To read the following devotion, Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Greed #2: Neighborly Dog, click on: https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2011/03/17/lenten-study-7-deadly-sins-greed-2-neighborly-dog/

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ADDITIONAL READING:

Change the Name of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations?

My Husband’s Pumpkin Pie Saga

David, Our German Exchange Student: Part 1

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