Repentance is not only a part of our conversion to Christianity, but a daily part of our Christian lives. I mentioned that I would come back to the idea that we are not only to repent of obvious sins but also of self-centered living, which we are all guilty of and naturally accustomed to. Can I say that I am writing this to myself as much as to any new Christian or others? Jesus Christ’s call to a radical, self sacrificial, willing to die for Him kind-of- living is practically unheard of in our culture. A Christian who does the bare basics is applauded. The believer who lives a moral lifestyle, attends a bible study, and isn’t embarrassed to confess they attend church on Sundays is considered a good example of the faith. I’m not trying to demean anyone. I understand that everyone is in a growing process, and for some this may be the point in their Christian walk they are meant to be at. But how many of us are actually growing in radical self sacrifice for the sake of reaching lost souls with the gospel of God? I am truly speaking to myself. So many of us are stagnant, complacent, and lacking in passion. It ought not to be this way!
Psalm 82:3-4 “Give justice to the weak and the fatherless;
Maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
Deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
I recently finished reading a historical, fictional series, based on events surrounding the American Civil War. I began to realize that I was ignorant about the terrible events and treatment of the African American race. My heart went out to the thousands of slaves who were considered to be as equal with the animals, too stupid to be considered worthy of considering. Woman had their children taken and auctioned off on slave blocks, husbands and wives were ripped apart, black woman were sold into brothels, and several even raped by their white owners or commanded to reproduce with whomever their owner saw fit so as to increase a plantations slave population. They were stacked in heaps beneath ships and branded like cattle. Many who would try to escape, or who could not keep up with their expected work were beaten and even punished to death. I suppose, I knew in part that these events happened, but I never considered the atrocity of it, or felt it as a real occurrence until reading these novels. Amazingly, it has not been long since slavery was finally abolished through the whole country of the US in 1865. And it is not as if the abolition of slavery ended racism. It has indeed been a long, hard fight for African Americans to gain a widespread respect as equals. Continue reading