By Pastor Tracey Leslie
Scripture: Luke 5:27-32
When I was about nine years old, I had an interesting experience. I was raised in a culture where sin was often defined as moral infractions; things like using bad words, drinking alcohol, and working on Sundays (unless you were a doctor or policeman). Sin was about saying or doing certain things that my religious culture defined as “offensive.” So, back to 9-year old me. I was at a friend’s house playing. Her mom was my Girl Scout troop leader. They were good Christians. My friend had an older brother in middle school. While we were playing, her brother used two words – anatomically descriptive words – and his mother had a quick response. He knew only one of those words were permissible in their home. The other was a word she did not ever want to hear pass his lips again. Observing the exchange, I realized that my parents didn’t allow us to use either of those words. Hmm… Two Christian families at odds over this one word. I wondered: were there good, Christian families who allowed both words? That would be radical!
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