“…men are now more ashamed for good deeds than for evil deeds…”

anglosaxonFrom The Sermon of the Wolf to the English, written around 1000 A.D.,  as quoted in The Anglo-Saxon World: An Anthology:

And therefore it has now become far and wide as a very evil custom, that men are now more ashamed for good deeds than for evil deeds; because too often one spurns good deeds with derision and reviles godfearing men altogether too much, and most of all one reproves and treats with scorn altogether too often those who love the right and have an awe of God in any matter. And because people act in this manner, that they deride all that they should praise and hate too much what they should love, by this means one brings all too many into wicked thought and into crime, so that they are not ashamed, even though they sin greatly and commit them against God himself with all. But because of vain attacks they are ashamed to atone for their crimes as the penitential books teach, like those foolish men who for their pride will not protect themselves from harm until they cannot, however much they wish it.

The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans, written around 55 A.D. :

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

So why are we so shocked at the sin and approval of sin all around us (and in us!) in 2012?

so what do you think?

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