Apostle’s Creed, #19

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;*
the third day he rose from the dead;

he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of the Father Almighty.
from thence he shall come again to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic** Church,
the communion of saints,

   the forgiveness of sins,

Of all the words in the Creed, I believe “sins” to be the most hated.

The world hates the very concept of sin; even contemplating the reality of sin would mean that right and wrong exist, and of course, nothing is ever wrong, today! I take that back. There is one thing that is a complete and total offense to today’s sensibilities: a belief in right and wrong, and possessing the cojones to say so.

Okay, rant time. Back in the 70’s, there was a popular psychobabbling self-help book entitled, I’m Okay, You’re Okay. That title gave me the fillip I needed, years ago, to delineate the “I’m Okay, You’re Okay” Social Compact™. Sociologists define “social compact” as the contracts that peoples agree to abide by, in order to normalize social interaction in a community. If you smile, shake hands, and pat one another on the back, you’re abiding by the compact, and are accepted by the group. If you gibber maniacally and fling dung, you aren’t living by the compact, and quite likely will be sanctioned for your violation of the compact. Possibly locked up, or receive a rock upside the head; who knows. But violate the Social Compact and you will be sanctioned by the group.

The way that the “I’m Okay, You’re Okay” Social Compact™ works is that different groups, (identity groups, political groups, what-have-you) agree that all the other groups are okay. “If you will say that I’m okay, I will ay that you’re okay. And we will band together and stomp the pudding out of anyone who upsets our applecart.”

And then come Christians with their Creed, who, by believing that sin is real and is a violation of God’s laws, violate the “I’m Okay, You’re Okay” Social Compact™, and so must be attacked, shouted down and silenced. But here’s the thing: If one is a true Christian, God’s word and will matter than desire for societal approval or fear of societal opprobrium. God is real. So is sin. All we need to do is to look around us to see the truth of that.

*deep cleansing breath**   Okay, rant over.


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