Posted on: 8th November 2022
Original sin has been described in many ways. For example, pride, or considering ourselves equal with God. But a description I find particularly compelling is that it is the sin of seeing only one’s own needs and not the needs of others. In light of this understanding, we see how our faith and assurance of salvation enable us to care about the needs of others. In turn, we act for others and collaborate to ensure all needs are met.
Christian commitment to the needs of all was very clear during the pandemic, as witnessed at the recent Leeds conference ‘Compassion in a Crisis’ which looked back at Church, Third Sector, and Council partnerships. As the cost of living crisis grows, churches and faith based organisations are again working alongside the most vulnerable. We can give thanks for God’s grace in calling us to this work and enabling us to play a part.
Helen Reid, Director, Leeds Church Institute.