What if we all had to reveal our sins on a public website, and the list was handed out on paper to all our neighbors so they would know, just in case they didn’t have internet access? What if we were all held accountable, and all the people we encountered were watching to make sure we were sticking with our repentance?
When the church was new, people would make their confessions to the whole congregation symbolizing the community’s responsibility to accountability and forgiveness. Sin was recognized as both against God and each other, and everyone acknowledged that. People knew each other, “warts and all.” The people of Christ loved and supported each other for all their weaknesses and gifts… fully known… as Christ loves us.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
It’s worth thinking about, isn’t it? What if?