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Weekly Lenten Devotion
“I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” Romans 7:15
I hope this bores you.
Paul Tillich taught that sin is best understood as a state of estrangement. “We are estranged from God. Estranged from the origin and aim of our life.” Sin is a grand, cosmic problem. It is much bigger than the last bad thing you did.
First comes Sin’s dominion then come sins committed. We live at a distance from God, but someone has to be in charge. Who is in charge of your life? You are! Indeed, in America we’ve almost made a religion out of personal liberty. Seriously, who but a god could practice our sense of entitlement? We aren’t just estranged from God, cut off from our own best selves and divided from one another.
Are you bored yet? I hope so. You ought to be. Perhaps the Tillichian theology of tri-fold estrangement puts a new intellectual gloss on things, but you already knew it in your gut. You don’t need a devotion to make you feel bad about sin. We already feel bad. Tell us something we don’t know. Booooooring!
It’s good to be bored by sin. After all, we’re intimately familiar with it. We know it inside out and backwards. There’s no-surprise there. No delight. What should surprise us is what comes next. We should be surprised, amazed, delighted, thrilled, by the fact that we have a savior, not by the fact that we need saving.
Prayer: Dear God, help us realize that our sinfulness isn’t just deadly, it’s dull.
By Matt Fitzgerald “Re-Lent 2015”
Upcoming Special Events:
Lenten Season Book Study – Begins Feb. 25 at 6:30 pm
Five Fridays Lenten Organ Concerts – Begin March 6 at 12:15 pm
5th Annual Strawberry Festival is Saturday June 6th 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Vendor Application and Vendor Site Map are now available.
Check out our events calendar for more details about these programs and so much more happening at FCC!
We, the community of the First Congregational Church of Madison seek to embody God’s extravagant welcome.
All are invited to share in the church’s ministry by being a reader or a greeter. There’s a sign-up sheet in the hallway outside the church’s main office.