This morning a caller to CNN (referring to a US Senator who will likely weigh in on the next Attorney General nominee) said, “If the person was a saint, he would find fault with them.”
While I understand the caller’s frustration, this is actually very good theology from a Lutheran perspective. Lutherans teach that we are at the same time saint and sinner. We teach that sin corrupts each of us without exception. Scripture is unique in revealing the faults as well as the faith of our ancestors. Every saint has faults … even the really good saints. Being right with God does not come from being more saintly than fault-filled. It comes through Jesus.