Sins and sensibilities

Deuteronomy 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28

Where I grew up, everybody was pretty much just like me. It was a small, southern community, with a long history, deep roots and consistent Christian morality. The only visible difference was our whiteness or our blackness. Ethically speaking, that’s how we saw everything too: white or black, good or bad.

For example, in my household it was abundantly clear that consuming any alcoholic beverage in any amount was a sin for which there was no forgiveness. When I went away to college I noticed that others had vastly different views on the benefits of beer. When I drank a beer while out eating pizza with friends, the word got back home that I had “sinned.” My mother and grandmother had a tearful hand-wringing session over the decline of my morality and feared for my future.


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