“I just don’t like to talk about it!” Maybe the subject of your aversion is money, death, retirement, aging, health, or forgiveness. While some subjects create discomfort, they are not only necessary but life-altering.
In our culture, it appears that the church has become so concerned with being “politically correct” that we have eliminated an uncomfortable subject. I speak of REPENTANCE. If you are in a church where biblical repentance is a healthy part of the discussion, then celebrate! If you are not, pray about finding a church where biblical priority nullifies political correctness.
After God healed a lame man, Peter and John shared the Gospel. Then they concluded with these words, “Repent, therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord…” Acts 3:19. When Jesus shared the Kingdom message, he “began to preach and say, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’” When Jesus sent the 12 disciple out to preach, “they went out and preached that men should repent.” Mark 6:12. After the church was established, the first Gospel message preached by the Apostle Peter called for a response: “Repent!” Acts 2:38. The Apostle Paul summed up his entire ministry by stating that he preached “that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance.” Acts 26:20
So why isn’t repentance a key subject in our churches today? Because to repent means I must admit that I am a sinner and I change my mind about the way I think. In essence, repentance demands humility as well as change. Repentance states that God is right and I am wrong. That’s a tough pill for some to swallow in our politically correct churches. So, we avoid the very subject that is essential for life-change. To accomplish this we must redefine the Gospel so that one of the key elements, repentance, is removed. It is like going to a Financial Planner but there is an unspoken rule that neither of you can talk about money. Or you go to a Doctor but neither of you can discuss your physical condition. It is ludicrous.
Could it be that we have become so enamored with “church growth” that we have removed that which could be offensive to people? Could it be that we have filled ourselves in so much pride that we are unwilling to acknowledge the need for repentance?
Have you repented? Is there something in your life right now that you know is wrong and you need to turn away from – repent! Is there something in your heart that dishonors God? Will you repent – change the way you think about it? Agree with God about it?
Here’s the amazing thing: Repentance brings life and health; reconciliation and forgiveness. Wow! Find a Gospel preaching church that talks about repentance. More importantly, practice personal repentance!