We have a new series I’m excited about called Glittering Vices: The Seven Deadly Sins and Their Remedies.
I’ve taken that title from the book Glittering Vices – a New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins and Their Remedies by Rebecca Kondyndyk DeYoung. This is a very interesting book that looks at Virtues and Vices in the Christian life.
Our approach to our spiritual life is not just to have faith or trust in Jesus Christ.
Once we’ve done that we’re called to share the faith of Jesus which requires that we cultivate a life of Christian virtue in which we turn away from ways of thinking and speaking, from habits and practices that were part of our manner of living before we became a disciple of Christ.
Paul puts it this way in Ephesians 4:22–24 (NRSV),
“You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Virtue, true righteousness, and holiness are qualities that we need much more of these days. I’m looking forward to us moving through the Lenten season together as we seek to grow in virtue and to take the attraction and power out of vices but making their cost crystal clear.