Perhaps like some of you, I’ve developed a skewed perspective and meaning of the word ‘repent.’
And perhaps this an appropriate post in light of the coming rapture – aka – the end of the world as we know it.
When I’ve heard it used by preachers, teachers, and leaders, it was often associated with sin, death, hell, shame, punishment, and ultimately, an angry God.
It’s not that I have problems with the image of an angry God. It’s clear that there are images and stories that depict God’s anger and wrath but enveloping the image of God’s wrath are the bookends of God’s creative beauty and God’s redemptive glory.
This is why I love the word ‘repent’.
It was never intended to simply convey sin, wrongdoing, shame, or judgement – in isolation – but rather, to convey that God has a better way…a God of love, mercy, and compassion. It is one of the most beautiful and profound words of the Christian faith because no matter what we have done; No matter what situation; No matter what painful and hopeless circumstance…God always has a better way for us. God extends grace to us. God extends Himself to us.
When we ‘repent’ and turn away from certain things, we turn:
- Not to emptiness
- Not to void.
- Not to nebulous concepts and theories.
- Not to confusion.
We turn to the ways of God.
Take 2 minutes to watch the video above.
So, I say to all of us: