Monday, November 15, 2010

Is hypocrisy a sin?

MWOP's base rules from day one state, "We are not a blog about religion, please do not comment or assume that we are all Christians." However, MckMama has opened one heck of a can of worms this week when she decided to parade her thoughts on sin and homosexuality on her blog, Facebook and Twitter pages. Oh, and Blog Frog. I don't want to start a debate here on whether or not homosexuality is a sin and inborn.

I do have to ask, Bitch, please. Who do you think you are?

MckMama has not stated exactly what religion she follows, other than she's "spiritual but not religious," but I believe her current church has Baptist roots.

That in mind, there are some religions out there that believe in the Seven Deadly Sins. Heard of those? These are considered the Bad Boys of the Catholic church. While the Baptist church believes all sins (and there's lots) separate a follower from God and all sins are punishable, I thought it would be an interesting exercise to whittle the list down to a select, well-known few, and see where MckMama stands against these Bad Boys.

Sins (from
Pride: Seeing ourselves as we are and not comparing ourselves to others is humility. Pride and vanity are competitive. If someone else's pride really bothers you, you have a lot of pride.

Avarice/Greed: This is about more than money. Generosity means letting others get the credit or praise. It is giving without having expectations of the other person. Greed wants to get its "fair share" or a bit more.

Envy: "Love is patient, love is kind..." Love actively seeks the good of others for their sake. Envy resents the good others receive or even might receive. Envy is almost indistinguishable from pride at times.

Wrath/Anger: Kindness means taking the tender approach, with patience and compassion. Anger is often our first reaction to the problems of others. Impatience with the faults of others is related to this.

Lust: Self control and self mastery prevent pleasure from killing the soul by suffocation. Legitimate pleasures are controlled in the same way an athlete's muscles are: for maximum efficiency without damage. Lust is the self-destructive drive for pleasure out of proportion to its worth. Sex, power, or image can be used well, but they tend to go out of control.

Gluttony: Temperance accepts the natural limits of pleasures and preserves this natural balance. This does not pertain only to food, but to entertainment and other legitimate goods, and even the company of others.

Sloth: Zeal is the energetic response of the heart to God's commands. The other sins work together to deaden the spiritual senses so we first become slow to respond to God and then drift completely into the sleep of complacency.

And from Proverbs 6:16-19 (New International Version):
16 There are six things the LORD hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

Based on the descriptions above and what you might know of these sins, how many strikes are there against MckMama? And how can she, if she is Baptist and all sins are equal, even fathom preaching about what she thinks of other "sinners"?