I Can Blame Capitalism!

Romans 7:15-25 – The 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time – for Sunday, July 6, 2014

“For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do.” (Romans 7:19)

800px-Probably_Valentin_de_Boulogne_-_Saint_Paul_Writing_His_Epistles_-_Google_Art_ProjectThere are few verses in the Bible more vulnerable than Paul’s confession in Romans 7:19:

For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do.

Poor Paul!

Blunt Paul!

Honest Paul!

The crass side of modern me wanted Paul to spill detailed dirt about the evil that he did.

Did Paul click a first-century mouse once too often for some easy-access pornography? Was he leering at little boys? Would he be referring to lustful thoughts—even lustful actions—related to his neighbor’s wife? Can we read a tad more about how much of his tent-maker’s paycheck was lost to the horses or poker? When he broke bread with Jesus’ followers, what happened to the leftover wine? The guy had harsh words about certain people in other letters to other communities; what if his criticism and sarcasm in person made his writing feel tame? Did Paul gossip? Did he “lighten” the offering plates? What was his drug of choice? Was he gay or a gay-basher? Was he disabled or belittle those that were? Did he stutter or . . . Continue reading →