christian confession

September 2, 2007

I was tagged for confession a week or so ago by Christine Sine. The instructions for the meme are:

1. Apologize for three things that Christians have often got wrong. Your apologies should be directed towards those who don’t view themselves as part of the Christian community. Alternatively, apologize for things you personally have done wrong towards those outside of the church.
2. Post a comment at the originating post so others can keep track of the apologies.
3. Tag five people to participate in the meme.
4. If desired, send an email with the link to your blog post at the Christians Confess site, giving permission for your apologies to be added to the website.

This is not an easy process (as I state in the third one). Perhaps most difficult has been narrowing it down to these three! Each of these could be a series of blog entries, but I hope I have boiled each down to a sentence or two that will suffice:

  • I confess that we have spent too much time and energy being concerned about what is going to happen beyond this physical reality. Christians often get so fixated on what is in store in some kind of other world eternity that we lose sight of what it means to be a follower of Jesus in the physical present.
  • I confess that we have not given women their proper voice as a result of some poor Biblical intrepretation throughout our history and in the present.
  • I confess that it is easy for me to see all the ways Christians have been wrong in how they have interacted with outsiders while ignoring the reality that I have probably been guilty of everyone of them at some point. It is painful to think of the possible things I could write because I don’t want to even allow them to be identified with the Christian faith that I want to be a part of — yet I know that most of these things have been present in my own faith expression at times.

Tag…you’re it!
Eugene Cho
Meredith Dancause
Mike DeVries
Jamie Mulhern
Ken Nussbaum

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