This post is the second in a series of posts on the new Doctrine of Over Repentance, explained in the following post, and herein after merely referred to as "The Doctrine" to save space. To explain how this Doctrine is merely an extension of the Laws of Economics and, specifically, the Law of Demand, let me tell you the story of ElRoy.
When ElRoy was born, one of his parents wanted to name him LeRoy, and the other thought that was just too common a name and that ElRoy sounded more dignified. So ElRoy he became.
ElRoy lives on a quiet cul de sac in Hesperia, CA. He chose Hesperia because Herkimer the Rabbit dwells at the In'n'Out Burgers in Hesperia and Herkimer and ElRoy have become very good friends. ElRoy did all of the requisite things to get started in life. He attended four junior colleges and one university for indeterminate periods of time, changed his major 12 times, and could never figure out the difference between debits and credits or whether the earth rotated around the sun or vice versa. He was not just a slow learner, he was merely a disinterested one and thought he could survive in the world with the skills he was born with. He progressed up the ladder of success, beginning with learning how to pour baskets of french fries in grease and slather burgers in thick coats of calorie-laden dressings. He became promoted to the take-out window where he was able to get rid of customers in 39 seconds flat. He then decided that he should have paid attention in college because what he really wanted to do was become a derivatives trader in the financial markets. So he studied night-school courses for 5 years, first of all learning the definition of a derivative and then learning how financial markets worked.
ElRoy, by this time, had acquired a wife and nine children, each of which had the prefix "El" in front of their names, such as Elberta, ElGeorge, ElDorado, ElToro, and the like. He drove a '63 VW microbus left over from the Woodstock era, not only because he could not afford another car, but also because he had followed meticulously the commandment to "multiple and replenish the earth" and all of his multiplying and replenishing required a large vehicle.
Everything was going fine in ElRoy's life. His little bungalow on the cul de sac was comfortable, he loved his wife and children, and he had progressed to being night manager of a convenience store while he was still studying derivatives. Then, one day, his life changed: He had his own car now, a '73 Chevy Vega with 200,000 miles on it that dripped gallons of oil all over the street and his driveway. But he spotted a brand new shiny Infiniti two cul de sacs over. And he began lusting after this shiny, expensive car. Now, we all know, lust is a sin. As are greed, avarice, selfishness, dissembling, prevaricating, misrpresenting, plain old lying, cheating, ogling, and laziness if we are not earning our bread by the sweat of our brow.
Lust and greed led to the danger of Elroy's downfall. He spent his evenings and weekends prowling car dealerships. He tried to trade in his Chevy Vega and his VW Microbus. He began working double shifts. And, no matter what he tried, the best he could do is get a lube job on the Vega. ElRoy began going to Church three times every Sunday to try and rid himself of his greedy lust. Gradually, his love for an Infiniti dwindled. ElRoy had repented. But then he learned of the doctrine of Over Repentance and became plagued with the worry that, perhaps, he had over repented.
We leave the end of this story hanging in the balance, You can figure it out. Meanwhile, I know each of you is listing the sins for which you have underrepented and the sins for which you have overrepented. Remember, however, that Greed and Lust are the roots of the Law of Demand. People have to demand and buy stuff to make the economy go. If everyone stopped buying stuff, we would all go kaput. So think about it.