Saturday, February 13, 2010

Daily Confession?

My friend is seeking to "rub the rust off religious words". Quite the task. I recently started following his blog "Everyday Doctrine". Here he tackles "Confession", a sample of the great content you will find there.

confession: give us today our daily confession: "
For the last few weeks I've been asking people what images come to mind when they hear the word confession. As it turns out, the word confession elicits a mixed bag of mental images for most people. For some, this word conjures up the image of a Catholic priest in a confessional booth,

'Forgive me father I have sinned.'

For others, the word brings to mind television clips of CEO’s, presidents and public officials airing their indiscretions,

'I did not have sexual relations with that woman.'

It’s no wonder then that, for many, the word confession feels a bit…well…dirty. However, for those who are seeking to pray as Jesus taught, confession is not a dirty word…it’s a daily word.

Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread,
and forgive us our sins…” [Lk 11:2-4]

Did you catch that? Right after line about daily bread Jesus adds “and forgive us our sins”—which is a bit surprising. It’s almost as if Jesus expects confession to be a daily thing for his followers. I wonder what it would be like if Christians actually confessed their sins each day as they prayed. The way Jesus taught.

I imagine that married people would kiss and make love more often...
Because they wouldn't keep anything to themselves.

Parents would ask their children for forgiveness a lot...
Because even great parents get it wrong a lot.

Self-righteous people would be more gracious...
Because inside they'd know they need grace too.

People that sell anti-depressants would probably sell fewer pills...
They might even stop making commercials
about pills that solve your problems...

Because people would bring their problems to God each day.

It would be a beautiful thing...
If Christians actually prayed the way Jesus taught.

Rub the rust off a church word today."

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