Is Excess the Only Sin and Moderation the Only Virtue?

At first blush this sounds heretical, I know. But when you stop and consider this for a moment you may realize that there are some acts, however small, by their very nature are excessive.  And there are other acts, however grand, are relatively moderate.  Take Christian Love for example.  Can you have too much? I don’t think so. Can you have too little? Certainly. Having too little of something is a form of excess as well.

Think about it, the Seven Deadly Sins are all excessive forms of natural healthy impulses which in moderation and under the right circumstances would be considered virtues. Too much of a good thing is a bad thing. Just as too little of a good thing is a bad thing. Aristotle once said, “In all things moderation.” I think this should be a good Christian rule of thumb as well. When motivated to perform a Christian action perhaps we should ask ourselves, “Is this too much or too little?” and adjust our actions accordingly.

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