No Perfect Crime

“… We grow spiritually much more by doing it wrong than by doing it right. That might just be the central message of how spiritual growth happens, yet nothing in us wants to believe it. If there is such a thing as human perfection, it seems to emerge precisely from how we handle the imperfection that is everywhere, especially our own. What a clever place for God to hide holiness, so that only the humble and earnest will find it! A “perfect” person ends up being one who can consciously forgive and include imperfection rather than one who thinks he or she is totally above and beyond imperfection.

It becomes sort of obvious once you say it out loud. In fact, I would say that the demand for the perfect is the greatest enemy of the good. Perfection is a mathematical or divine concept; goodness is a beautiful human concept that includes us all. People whom we call “good people” are always people who have learned how to include contradictions and others, even at risk to their own proper self-image or their social standing. This is quite obvious in Jesus…” Richard Rohr

As I’m no criminologist, I can only take TV detectives’ word for it, but they say, “There is no perfect crime.” Personally, I doubt it, with all the people who have disappeared without a trace over the years. As script-writers have the advantage of the God-view in their stories, you’ll find no perfect crimes there.

Most of the “good” people we know and admire are simply better at suppressing or concealing their baser urges than the rest of us. “No one is good except God alone.” (Mark 10:17-22) I’m known for my honesty, but I’m not an honest person. The reason I seem honest is I dread acting in any way that will bring a reproach on my Lord, even secretly. Truth is, there are no secret sins, as each liberty we abuse compromises our character, which will show itself eventually in some way.

It’s okay to act like a good person, as long as you don’t take your “goodness” too seriously.


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