"The Seven Deadly Sins" part 7

Since I have been writing about the seven deadly sins as listed by a 6th century AD pope, I will conclude by series of devotionals with one we can read in the letter to the Ephesians. The bible tells us that sin is more than just personal. Even though the Creation story in Genesis implies that sin resulted from Adam and Eve eating the apple off the tree, one of my seminary professors taught that sin was not related nearly so mo much from the apple on the tree as it was from the “pair on the ground!”

We humans are born possessing many desires and appetites. These are good or bad only in relationship to how they are perceived and how they are used. And that pertains to organizations and institutions as well as individuals. Sin is certainly relevant to large institutions and organizations that serve many people. The writer of Ephesians there puts it this way: “For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12

The will of God is not always in line with majority rule or via a five to four vote in the Supreme Court. The Bible tells us: “We must obey God rather than men.” Acts 6:29 (As a man I think I can safely say that God intended to include women in this order as well! Just in case we should ever get a female majority in congress!)

Ephesians, in the concluding chapter says. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil…Stand, therefore, having girded your loins with truth and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace.” Ephesians 10, 14-15