Today’s first reading from Romans 6:12-18 speaks to the heart of whether we choose vice or virtue to guide us in this life. When we walk towards vice, or sin, we become slaves to sin. We lose our freedom, because the sin rules our life; very similarly to an addiction. Think about how a drug addict will do anything to get the next fix. Sin and vice have that same kind of hold on a person. So, the question is, do you want to be a slave to sin, or might you prefer moving in the opposite direction?
Obedience vs. Slavery: What’s Your Choice?
God and sin are polar opposites, because God is all good and sin is all evil. So, when we turn our backs on sin, we move 180 degrees toward God. When we turn toward God, we reject sin. We opt for obedience to God, the Supreme Good, because we want that goodness. To get that goodness, we choose to obey God’s commands. We willingly embrace virtue! We choose to live a Christ-like life, filled with God’s goodness. With choice, comes freedom!
Saint Paul tells us in his letter to the Romans:
For sin is not to have any power over you, since you are not under the law, but under grace…But thanks be to God that, although you were once slaves of sin, you have become obedient from the heart to the pattern of teaching to which you were entrusted. Freed from sin, you have become slaves of righteousness (Romans 6:14, 17-18).
Vice or Virtue: What’s Your Choice?
As humans, we cannot align ourselves with both polar opposites – God and sin. To try, would be to tear ourselves apart. Rather, we must make a choice. Do you choose the slavery of sin and misery? Or, do you choose obedience to God; who graces us with an abundance of joy, peace, and love? Bottom line: Are you opting for virtue or vice? You know my answer. I’ll take virtue, any day!
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