I read something the other day stating that it was a sin not to vote for Donald Trump, because he will appoint pro-life judges to the Supreme Court. Granted, I prefer pro-life, but I’m not quite sure not voting for a certain candidate rises to the level of sin. This said, I think that firebombing a Republican headquarters in North Carolina can be classified as a sin.
We’ve been told it is a sin to kill a mockingbird, but I’m doubtful. Sin is specific. Our Christian faith teaches us that sin is basically the breaking of one of the Ten Big Ones. Over the years, the Church has added their own versions of sin, but I think, in order to be safe, I’m going to stick with the whole Moses thingie. The delicious irony is that the very statement that not voting for someone is a sin – is actually a sin. It is a sin to do the whole false witness scene.
Sin is basically violating God’s law, and is something that can separate us from Him. If left unrepentant, it can be a very serious thing. It is not something to be manipulated or taken lightly. Fr. Penn taught me that sin is also a violation of the Ten Big Ones.
- Thou shalt have no other gods before me
- Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image
- Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain
- Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy
- Honour thy father and thy mother
- Thou shalt not kill
- Thou shalt not commit adultery
- Thou shalt not steal
- Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour
- Thou shalt not covet (neighbour’s house), (neighbour’s wife) ,(neighbour’s servants, animals, or anything else)
Lying is a sin. We’ve had a lot of it this election period. I read somewhere that in Talmudic tradition lying about someone is almost as serious as murder – because the lie can literally kill a person’s good reputation. We’ve seen a lot of reputations being slaughtered this election cycle. None of it is Christian, nor is it necessary.
One doesn’t need religion, just manners. Maybe we have too much religion in this country and too few manners. Maybe, it’s time to start speaking out and going after both sides. Too many of us have been silent for too long. Being silent is not a sin. But, lying about someone, politically is.