Walking the Tightrope: Free to be a Sinner
By Father Nathan Miller
“The world has turned its back on Christianity with its dogmas and commandments, on the grounds that it is a religion of guilt…
…Yet there has never been a time when people were so weighed down with guilt as they are today. Girls feel guilty for not being as beautiful as the latest fashion model. Men feel guilty for not being as successful as the inventor of Microsoft.” Jacques Philippe
And often those feelings of guilt come from real failure … or from SIN.
And here’s the point – often forgotten, or disregarded when we are taught to accept and better ourselves: To advance, to become better, to succeed, to grow … you MUST ACCEPT THE TRUTH ABOUT WHO YOU ARE (the goods, bads and the uglies included).
In other words, it’s not enough to KNOW where you’re weak… Only after acceptance can you make yourself better.
Second chances are not frequent in the harsh world of business, or of sports, or of entertainment – you’re weak? You’re fired!
God’s reaction to us is so much different. “You’re a sinner? I knew that! In fact, I know everything about you – My dear child, keep in mind: I created you… Now let’s start working on getting better … together!”
Alice only began learning how to dance, after she accepted the fact that she was clumsy, that she needed to learn.
God knows our personal “truth” best:
“When we see ourselves with God’s eyes, we experience tremendous freedom. It could be called a double freedom: to be sinners, and to become saints.” Jacques Philippe