Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Forgiveness of Sins

“The consequences of the past are always with us,” wrote Wm S. Coffin. He suggested “half the hostilities tearing the world apart could be resolved today were we to allow the forgiveness of sins to alter these consequences,” except too many churches don‘t discuss the sin business anymore (italic added).

Let’s go further, Coffin asserted: “all the hostilities in our personal and planetary life could be ended were we to allow the forgiveness of sins to act as a lightning rod grounding all these hostilities; if we were to say of ourselves, ‘The hostility stops here’” (italic added).

Unfortunately, not even Christians believe the words above from William Sloane Coffin Credo, Westminister John Knox Press, 2004, p. 12. The consequence is that we will continue to battle with global hostilities as we see them today, for most people choose to continue them rather than do something about them. Wars and rumors of wars you will have with you always … How unlike Jesus!

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