There are certain words that have lost cultural meaning. ‘Sin’ is one where outside of the church walls you can find people who’ve never heard of it. Within church culture ‘sin’ is understood as doing ‘bad things’ against God. When wielded effectively by preachers or teachers, sin is associated with intense feelings of guilt and shame, and all of this from bad interpretation.

If we look holistically at scripture, rather than the list of growing transgressions, sin is simply (or perhaps profoundly) straying from the image God intended us to be. Sin is missing the mark on being remarkable within God’s unfolding reconciliation plan for the world. Actually, this isn’t entirely true either because there’s nothing we can do to make ourselves more remarkable in the eyes of God.

We are loved beyond all measure, we have been touched by the hand of unfathomable grace, we are, indeed, remarkable already.