Moderation = Mediocrity = Sin.
I have to admit that one of my favorite sins is what I call the sin of moderation. We often hear this in liquor ads, “Drink Moderately”. And unfortunately, this brand of moderation we also tend to apply in our spiritual life. For one, I do rush in my prayers (justifying that at least I prayed). Or I come to the Sunday mass with the homily almost done (well, at least I went to church).
How about the classic case of keeping a few ball pens, or some sheets of bond paper to take home from the office? When we do it moderately, does that mean it is actually alright? I believe that moderation in sinning simply brings forth a mediocre kind of faith also.
This kind of sin is often more difficult to abstain from as compared to hard core murder, for example.
But the Lord invites us to realize that these “shades of gray” between good and bad should not bring us to despair. God didn’t give us a terribly long list of rules to follow – so that He can punish us whenever we fall into the sin of moderation. But Christ has blessed us with the Holy Spirit – who helps us discern the will of God for ourselves and for others.
Glorious Wednesdays welcomes the Voices of Young People in Ministry with their post on Shades of Gray: