Confessional: Hello, My Sin Is…
by The Writer
Wearing the Scarlet Letters
1. A set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
2. A specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects.
3. The body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices: a world council of religions.
4. The life or state of a monk, nun, etc.: to enter religion.
5. The practice of religious beliefs; ritual observance of faith.
Regardless of the type of religion, or lack of, we all sin. Why? We sin because we have to. Sin isn’t simply a religious thing, it’s a human thing. Sin is uniquely human; no other kind of life on earth has a classification for ‘wrong doing’. Incidentally, no other form of life on our planet has an ego. According to best-selling author, Carol S. Pearson , the ego’s job is to protect the fragility of the self. Therefore, perhaps sins are tools not of the devil, but instead they are tools of the ego.
But if the ego is necessary, how do we keep it in check? Embrace it, and give it its due. Where it on your chest, so to speak…. Donald Trump and Kanye West know exactly how to do that; they let’s it out once in a while. With all these ego’s running wild, society says we shouldn’t talk about religion however, acknowledging one’s belief’s system is key to understanding and connecting with each other. We’ve fought long enough about whose right and who’s wrong, it’s time to talk. It’s not about converting people’s beliefs, but understanding them. Indeed wearing the ‘scarlet letters’ is a bold move, but:
- Confession is good for the soul
- It allows people to connect through empathy
- Understanding belief systems promotes peace
Since the separation of church and state, speaking about religion has become taboo. Yet, by its very definition it is the basis of people’s belief systems. Does anyone see a disconnect there? I’m going to suggest the reason for not speaking about it isn’t because it’s ‘none of your business’, it’s because to speak about one’s belief system requires you to be vulnerable. Most people are guilty of committing at least one sin per week. And to understand it, you have to figure out what motivated the action, but there is usually shame around it (And really wants to trudge around with that emotion?)
Start the much needed confessional and conversation through social media (#HelloMySinIs), and if those without sin are going to cast the first stone, let’s give them a target to hit.
My inner critic is thinking the same thing as you are, “Who the hell do you think you are? And as if people are going to expose themselves like that!” Meh… perhaps you’re both right, but I’m prone to epic failures, so I have to try. I just want to thank and acknowledge my followers, and fellow bloggers who are aboard my blogging journey. This idea came from these posts, and as you can see these posts have proven that vulnerability is the birthplace of creativity, innovation and change.
The Scarlet Letter Challenge:
Confess with a HelloMySinIs T-shirt for 1 day & share your experience on how people treat you when they know your sin.
Let me know what you think about this idea. Do you think it’s worth sharing?