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Sermon Series: Deadly Sins & Saving Grace"
by Rev. Thomas Hall and Frank Schaefer
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Sermon Sample from the DPS Lent Sermon Series:

The Seven Deadly Sins

“The Sin No One Confesses”

Proverbs 3:31; 14:30; 23:17; 27:4 / Galatians 5:16-26 / Matthew 20:1-16

Pastor Thomas Hall

D

orothy Sayers once described sin as a “deep interior dislocation of the human personality.”  Sin makes us out of joint deep within our soul.  And just deleting sin from our vocabulary will not get rid of this bad stuff or improving our education and graduating more therapists will not heal this deep interior dislocation.   I want us to discover how Jesus Christ can put our joints back together and heal us deep inside.

          This morning I want us to consider what has been called the “nastiest, the ugliest, the meanest” of the seven deadly sins, the sin that no one confesses.   If we’re red with anger, purple with rage, then we’re green with ____.   Green is a gorgeous color, but when it’s your complexion, green people just aren’t real healthy.

          Did you ever wonder where the phrase “green with envy” comes from?    Maybe it stands for dollar bills that we all envy.  Or emeralds.  Or the green grass.  Actually, this phrase goes all the way back to BC times in Greece.  Greeks speculated that envy made the liver work overtime, producing excess bile and adding a slightly greenish tint to one’s complexion.  Envy convinces us that the grass is greener on the other side.   

          Make no mistake. Envy is not just a little white sin.  It is deadly.  The writer of Proverbs says “a healthy heart is life to the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones.  If we don’t confront envy it will consume us, it will rot our soul.   

          Envy is not just looking over the fence at the greener grass, it is wanting to torch our neighbor’s lawn if we can’t have just as green of grass as they.  If envy were to write a bestseller, it would be called The Revenge of Failure.  That’s why Frederick Buechner describes envy as “the consuming desire to have everybody else as unsuccessful as we are.”   Envy does not just want something that someone else has; it despises others who have something they don’t have.  In fact, it rejoices when others do badly or make mistakes.  The Pennsylvania Dutch have their own word for envy.  It’s Schadenfreude.  Schadenfreude is the malicious joy at someone else’s misfortune.   Schadenfreude is secretly smiling when the school prom queen shows up at the 25th reunion with 60 extra pounds and her third husband.

Envy imprisons people so that they can’t celebrate the healing stories of Tom Merroth and Phyllis Tursack that we heard this morning.  Why?  Because envy insists that they should receive the same treatment from God as Tom and Phyllis.

The movie Amadeus is a good example of how dangerous envy is.  Antonio Salieri is the court musician to the King of Austria. . .