Sins of the Fathers
May 23, 2017
Why should we confess and repent of our communal and historic sins?
After all, if we did not participate intentionally or in actuality, how can we be responsible?
Sin is personal at its core and there is a sort of sin that is by intention, not "mistake."
While we may not personally intend our participatory sins, the sins of our fathers, we indirectly or directly reap their fruits to our advantage and as a "curse. "
Confession and repentance allows a community to break shackles of historic sin and move toward reconciliation and the doing of justice.
It is good for all of us - those of who have inherited the generational pain and those who have benefited from generational privilege. It may be that we are all some of both.
"Both we and our fathers have sinned;we have committed iniquity; we have done wickedness."
- Psalm 106:6