Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective
It has been a month of laments for Christians, laments being a special form of crying out for forgiveness.
It started with the Southern Baptist Convention, born in 1845 in a split over its support for slavery, finally repudiating use of the Confederate flag by Christians. Next, the Presbyterian Church of America, another pro-slavery group, passed legislation repenting for “past failures to love brothers and sisters from minority cultures.”
In a formal “Service of Lament,” the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, James V. Johnston Jr., said “I am here to confess, apologize and repent for the sins of those who held the sacred trust of the church, and betrayed that trust.” He then led a prayer for the healing of children sexually abused by priests.
Topping it all off, Pope Francis said that the Catholic Church should seek forgiveness from homosexuals for the way they had treated them.
What’s going on here as churches and church leaders prostrate themselves en masse?
Here’s My Take: Some Christians believe that, because of the evil they see, we are living in “end times.” I believe the opposite.
In June 2016, God’s love opened the hearts of those that “because of the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests” have “shed within her the blood of the righteous.” (Book of Lamentations 4:13)
When purveyors of limited love for the abused and the rejected start repenting and seeking forgiveness, we are living not in “end times” but in “beginning times.” It may even be the beginning of the long-awaited Second Coming.