Yesterday, I wrote about a blogger who said sin is not preached about enough in Protestant churches.
By coincidence, I attended today parts of two services at a United Chruch of Christ church. A granddaughter was singing in a youth choir.
As some know, the UCC denomination is regarded as “Christianity Lite” by many other branches of the faith. It has endorsed gay marriages for over a decade.
The parts of the services I attended included the pastor’s opening remarks, some remarks prior to reading the weekly passage of scripture and the welcome. I was there about fifteen minutes and was unable to stay for the sermons.
During those fifteen minutes the word, “sin”, was menioned six times in each service. The word “transgressions” was tossed in a time or two, so sin was uttered about every two minutes.
Thus, sin is still really big in the faith. But, what is meant by sin remains unresolved.
I did learn a little about UCC’s approach to the Bible. After the scripture, which was the story of Jesus fasting and Satan tempting him, the Associate Pastor uttering the words I paraphrase as, “May God help us figure out what that passage means.”
During the “welcome visitors” segement, there were two or three sentences devoted to welcoming all, “Gay, straight, or, some of each.”
My impression is it is a sin in the UCC denomination to condeme homosexual and trans gendered people. That’s the opposite definition of sin in conservative Christianity.
Sin remains a large, but meaningless, concept.