Today, I want to take a break from talking about statistics, and get back into one of my pet issues: worship. I found a recording of an N. T. Wright lecture he gave at Calvin College back in 2002 about recovering Christian worship. It was a very good theological discussion of sin, eschatological vision, and worship renewal. The last 15 minutes of the one-hour lecture were pure gold.
The gist of Wright’s argument is that the issue which hounds us is not just sin generally, but the central sin of idolatry. Our state of Sin is that of rebellion against our Creator – not properly submitting to the God who deserves all worship – and this state of Sin leads us to all sorts of individual sins. Going back to the creation story, we see the serpent tempting Adam and Eve with the lie that they could be like God; that God was keeping something special from them. In the end, the man and woman no longer wanted to worship God, but they wanted to be God themselves. Satan himself wants to usurp his Creator, and it is for this that he was cast out of the presence of God. This is the sin.