Text: Romans 3:21-24
Title: Busting the Myths that Make Us Miserable. Myth 3: I Should Never Have to Feel Guilty
We are about half way through our pilgrimage of Lent. This is our fourth Wednesday together. I’ve been working with a theme that I’ve called: “Myth-busting, Busting the myths that make us miserable.” All of us go along through our lives telling ourselves little lies, myths about ourselves that we think will help us somehow have happiness or success, but which, in truth, are the source of our unhappiness and failure.
We revisit our theme of busting the myths that make us miserable. And tonight’s myth is the idea that I should never have to feel guilty.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was the author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. He used to tell of the time when, as a prank, he sent an anonymous telegram to twelve different men, all of them men of good reputation and high standing in society. All twelve telegrams had the same message. The message simply said, “I know what you did. I’m going to tell the world unless you leave at once.” They were all unsigned. Within twenty-four hours, the story goes, all twelve of them had left the country.
It’s hard to imagine that this is a true story, but supposedly it is. If it is true, what does it prove? Seemingly, it proves that all people have secrets that they do not wish the world to know.