I was reading an interview with Eric Metaxas in World Magazine --- if you don't subscribe, you should. In the interview, Mr. Metaxas made the following statement about the failures of our country; a statement that applies equally to us as a country, churches, families and individuals. It is truly within the narrative of the great, Gospel message we've each been entrusted with.
"As a Christian you want to acknowledge your shortcomings (and sin). But if you're some self-flagellating, guilt-ridden person, you're not living the way God wants you to live. He wants you to get beyond your sins. We repent of our racial sins as a country. We repent of our sins against Native Americans. Then you move on. We've gotten trapped in this mode of negative narratives. Its been hugely harmful."
(World Magazine, Vol 31, Number 15, July 23, 2016)
The same can be applied to each of us in our personal areas of sin and failure, but that's where the Good News of the Gospel comes in.
Two sad and sinful draw backs:
1) Those who refuse to turn to God's ready forgiveness and to repent of their hurtful and even sinful attitudes, choices and behaviors;
2) Those who refuse to forgive --- those who have genuinely done so.
Let's learn to repent, receive our own forgiveness, forgive others --- and then move on while allowing others to do the same..
That's the power of a Gospel-Centered life --- a Christ-Centered life!
Pastor Bob Morgan is the founding pastor of HCCF. His pastor's "heart-cry" is to see God glorified through the liberating power of the Gospel by leading people to freedom in Christ, and positive, biblical life-change.