What if?

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?

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  1. gavin richardson
    August 26, 2006 at 1:23 am #

    suppose that is scary only because faith has become so individualized. if it were a community of faith as it used to be, it probably wouldn’t be much of a big deal, just the way it is… hmmm…

  2. susie
    August 26, 2006 at 2:10 am #

    Hello Patti
    I absolutely agree in principle that we should be willing to be totally transparent, especially in front of fellow members of the body of believers. But in real life I so often try to justify myself through my good works and appear more righteous than I actually am. What freedom a deep understanding of grace would bring!
    Your “what if” question inspired me. Thank you.

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