Social Repentance

God deserves some apologies.  We most often assume it shouldn’t come from us, and maybe were right.  There is something powerful though when a person steps up and prayerfully repents for the sins of their context as though it was their own. 

I’ve been committing God’s words to Ezekiel to memory: “I searched for a man among them would build up the wall and stand in the gap before me for the land, so that I would not destroy it, but I found no one.”  Ezekiel 22:30.

“If we understand and practice genuinely biblical repentance, then we establish and important, inseparable link between conversion and Christian social responsibility.  Biblical repentance includes turning from all sin including social sins.  That means abandoning racist attitudes and neglect of the poor, indeed all that distorts human community.”– Ronald Sider, Good News and Good Works, Page 104.


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