Why Can’t We Just Be Good?

There are many things we want, and need, to stop doing.  Or to start.  But no matter how much we want to do the things we know we should, we can’t.  Why can’t we just be good?

Paul’s answer, and Martin Luther’s, is because we are addicted to sin – which is nothing more than being addicted to things that are not God.  We are sinners, and we will be our whole lives.  So what if we thought of church as recovery from addiction to sin?  If we thought about it that way, we might learn something from…that’s right, 12-step recovery groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).  

Welcome to “Sinners Anonymous.”


Romans 7:15-25a – 4th Sunday after Pentecost – July 6, 2014