Let’s be honest: God delivers me from my sin. A sermon based on
Romans 7:15-25a (Proper 9A).
Paul is having trouble understanding his own behaviour:
- Isn’t he one of God’s people?
- Isn’t he saved by Jesus sacrifice on the cross?
- Doesn’t he have the Holy Spirit living in him?
- Isn’t he a man of faith, risking his life to preach the good news to the gentiles?
- Hasn’t he travelled half the known world for God?
Yes, to all of the above!
Yet he still find himself doing selfish things that he is ashamed of, that displease God. And he has a shrewd idea that everyone else is just like him – well almost everyone.
We live in a consumer society, where the consumer is king. (Well, the consumer’s money is king, but that’s another sermon.) And kings don’t like being told that they are wrong, that they are sinners. So, our message of salvation from sin is not popular: “I haven’t done anything wrong,” some people say, “I don’t need to be forgiven.” We are popular if we tell people God loves them, and if we care for others – they’re happy for us to do those jobs. Just don’t tell them that God is holy and will judge them.
If we do, we are likely to be called hypocrites, because we are. We want to do the right thing, we say we want to do the right thing, but we often don’t, or we do the wrong thing: just like St Paul. We are no different to anyone else, except a minority of people who have no conscience to restrain them – psychopaths. They are not conflicted.
God Delivers Me!
But we, like St Paul, do know that get it wrong. Thank God we have Jesus to save us!