Today is the feast day of St. Thomas More, quite an important martyr in our faith. Most of us are probably familiar with his story.
Always a man of principles, he of course refused to sign the Act of Supremacy which denied the Pope’s authority and made Henry VIII head of the Church in England.
Everyone else was signing it. A Man for All Seasons gives us the dialogue this way:
The Duke of Norfolk: Oh confound all this. I’m not a scholar, I don’t know whether the marriage was lawful or not but dammit, Thomas, look at these names! Why can’t you do as I did and come with us, for fellowship!
Sir Thomas More: And when we die, and you are sent to heaven for doing your conscience, and I am sent to hell for not doing mine, will you come with me, for fellowship?
How often “for fellowship” is the reason for sin.