What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
Reflection by Janet Derby
Sin isn’t a word we use a lot in the UCC. Yet each week we have a prayer of confession which I find beneficial. Attending a Catholic school as a child, I regularly had to go to the priest for confession. The emphasis was always (or so I thought) on personal transgressions, and it is important to consider those. Still, I find it as important, as we do in worship, to confess our corporate sin. I have certainly profited from white privilege and the economic opportunities of my upper-middle class upbringing. As Paul says, if I am one with Christ, how can I continue to live without acting in solidarity with those who have been marginalized? I cannot make choices with only myself in mind but must consider the effect it has on those around me. Whether it is protecting the environment by reducing my carbon footprint, wearing a mask to protect the vulnerable around me, or protesting against injustice, I must live my life in a way to best further the kin-dom of God.
Merciful and Gracious God, forgive us when we fail to understand how our actions hurt others. Help us to walk in the newness of life. Amen.