We carry an arrogance with us in American Christianity. “I didn’t have slaves, so how am I responsible for this so-called racism?”
Or, “Our church doesn’t have abuse problems so why are you saying I need to repent? Repent for what? And then what?”
We have refused to do even a cursory reading of the Old Testament, looking at the examples of Josiah or Daniel, to understand this need. And yet, we will dare to call ourselves “biblical Christians.”
David French lays out the case for modern day repentance HERE. It is well worth your time.
Knowing it might not be seen in your eyes as worth your time, let me leave you with this portion:
In the book of 2 Kings, Josiah “tore his clothes” and “wept” when the high priest found the Book of the Law neglected in the temple. Why? Josiah said, “because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book.”
Josiah was far from alone. Daniel confessed the sins of Israel’s fathers. In the book of Nehemiah, the Israelites confessed the “sins and iniquities” of their fathers. In the book of Leviticus, God commanded the Israelites to “confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers.”
This is why WE need to be responsible… and repent.