What ever happened to repentance?
"If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought." – George Orwell
There is no denying that the way we communicate affects the way we think. Recently, I have been thinking about the word 'repentance.'
Sometimes, the biggest problems facing the church don't originate with what we believe, but in the words we use to express what we believe.
Words themselves, and meanings behind those words, can make a big difference in what we do, how we do it, and will impact the way we interact with God, one another, and the community around us.
We have seen how words like 'evangelical' are beginning to take on new meanings in today's culture, but other words are simply not being heard much at all. One word in particular that was once a regular part of church vocabulary is repentance. Yet, in a time when the church desperately needs to hear, consider, and proclaim the true meaning of that word, I don't hear it very often.
"From that time on Jesus began to preach, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.'” Matthew 4:17
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