The Seven Convention-al Sins

The Seven Convention-al Sins

Sunday, July 27, 2003
| 2 Samuel 11:1-15

There isn’t a sin, vice or addiction that doesn’t have some convention to which devotees cannot attend to fuel their addiction. The attempt to rehabilitate sin has forgotten one important concept: repentance.

There’s nothing unconventional about a convention of neonatal nurses, mortgage bankers, Boy Scouts, forensic counselors, scrapbookers, insurance agents or endoscopic surgeons.

But what about a Lust Convention?

Dan Savage, syndicated sex columnist (“Savage Love,” not a column we recommend), has written a most unusual book, one that you will not want to use as a source of bedtime stories for your children or grandchildren. Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America contains the stories of a number of average American citizens as they gleefully commit each of the Seven Deadly Sins — lust, greed, gluttony, sloth, anger, envy and pride.

Savage discovered that it was rather easy to find these sinners. In fact, he found that they were very conventional in their sinning — conventional in the sense that they seem to enjoy gathering with large numbers of like-minded souls in conventions devoted to their favorite sins.

Savage took part in a lust...

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