I read this quote this morning by Gustavo Gutierrez, who is a Roman Catholic theologian working with the poor in Lima. He says.
Because sin is radical evil, it can be conquered only by the grace of God and the radical liberation that the Lord bestows.
Sin is radical, of that there is no doubt. It’s radical because there is nothing we can do to stop it. It’s invasive. It’s destructive. It’s poisons all it touches.. and yet often its a slow release poison, one that slowly kills us because we get use to its effects. Sin renders us helpless. It renders us helpless as individuals and society. For all of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.
And yet, despite our sin and our helplessness; God wants us to reconcile to him. He has done it through Jesus, who was born as one of us. And through his love, we have radical liberation from the evil of sin. And slowly through his love, we conquer sin, and liberate the captives from it. This has to be good news for each and all, both as individuals and society.