- Seven Deadly Sins
The Seven Deadly Sins are usually known as pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth, and this morning’s sermon made the interesting point that without the desire actuating these sins we would be in a very odd state. Consider a root element of pride; the desire to improve or better oneself. Without that basic motivation we would never learn anything about the world we live in;we would be blind to the opportunity of education, of learning, of any form of self improvement. Likewise with greed, we would lack any form of savings or provision for a “rainy day” without the spark of acquisitiveness generated by our fundamental desire to acquire. Work your way through the list and you will quickly find that the root element in each of the deadly sins is a basic building block of both our character and ultimate worth as a person.
- Sloth As A Virtue
Given the definition of sloth as an habitual disinclination to exertion; then without the balance provided by a little sloth, we would very soon overload under the pressure of today’s work intensive environment. Do you see the pattern emerging here? We need to moderate the underlying need or desire that constitutes the seven deadly sins and use the basic motivation provided by each “sin” as a building block to create our lives in a balanced and sane manner. It is not the fundamental desire that is wrong, but any excess of it.
Surely the key to this situation is moderation? The good book teaches us in the King James version of Philippians 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Without the simple desire to eat we waste away into an anorexic condition; but taken in excess we descend to sheer gluttony; so the moderated desire of eating enough and no more shows the virtue of moderation, and avoids the deadly sin of sloth as with all the other seven deadly sins.