Sunday, 21 April 2013

Seven Deadly Sins?

Proverbs 6:16-19 (NIV)
16 There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him:
17         haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,
18         a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19         a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
  1. "eyes" - Do we think we are better because we are Christians? Do we look down on the poor; the rich; the left; the right; muslims; atheists; black; white; disabled?
  2. "tongue" - Are we honest in all we say? Can our words be trusted? Is our 'yes' 'yes' and our 'no' 'no'?
  3. "hands" - are we bullies (which is as close to shedding innocent blood as most of us get!), or do we stand up for the weak and oppressed with our actions?
  4. "heart" - what is inside us? Are we looking out for ourselves, or seeking God's will? Do our plans glorify God or ourselves?
  5. "feet" - do we move towards or away from temptation? Do we avoid placing ourselves in risky situations?
  6. "A false witness" - Do we speak out truth or lies? Do we stand up for what is right, or for what is wrong?
  7. "stir up conflict" - do we bring people together, or tear them apart? Do we build communities? Are our contributions to our homes, churches, communities, societies, government characterised by inclusion or exclusion? Do we make people feel part of something, or do we isolate?