EPISODE #21: Ted asks Rod about the idea that true religion is a switch from a focus of going from vice to virtue, to going from virtue to Christ. Rod talks about virtue being moral improvement and a self-help scheme, and what it means to change one’s perspective away from that focus to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Virtue, like all good things, can easily be weaponized. And not only can, but constantly is. Indeed, I would argue that, for churchgoing, rule-following, tradition-honoring, morality-applauding people, virtue often becomes the cancer that we deem a badge of honor.