Thursday, February 14, 2013

Sin and a holy Lent

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. On Ash Wednesday the Church encourages us to acknowledge our sins, confess those sins to God, accept God's forgiveness, and then amend (improve!) our lives. Thus, I found this post on the most common sins in America surprising and informative:

 “Temptations and America’s Favorite Sins,” a survey conducted by the Barna Group, a Christian research firm, concludes that the moral struggles that vex most Americans aren’t the salacious acts that drive the plotlines of reality television shows. Most Americans are too worn down or distracted to get snared by those vices, the survey concludes.

The top three sins seducing most Americans: procrastination, overeating and spending too much time on media.

“You would think it would be sex, drugs and rock and roll,” said Todd Hunter, pastor and author of “Our Favorite Sins,” whose book was consulted in conjunction with the survey.

The survey said that 60% of Americans admitted that they’re tempted to worry too much or procrastinate; 55% said they’re tempted to overeat, and 41% said they’re tempted by sloth, or laziness.

The sex, drugs and rock and roll-like vices fell dead last in the temptation categories: 11% of Americans said they were tempted by drug abuse; 9% were tempted by sexually inappropriate contact. (John Blake, "Americans Reveal their 3 Favorite Sins," CNN Belief Blog accessed February 8, 2013, at

My previous post, Cycling to Forgiveness, offers some thoughts on the dynamics of forgiveness.

May God grant us all the true repentance (i.e., turning from sin toward God) of a holy Lent. Amen.

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