In the church it is easy to say we believe in Christ, yet at the same time to act as if we just don’t personally need him. That is, we believe in repentance for everyone (else) but nothing about us individually needs redemption or change.
So we can give others a good deal of advice, but we don’t need any ourselves. We can make suggestions on how everyone else needs to overcome their weaknesses, their savage patriarchy or radical feminism (or any other set of ideologies or actions) but we don’t make any suggestions to change ourselves.
That is basically a denial of Christ. Insidious and much too common.
For the new year I am resolved to think more, again, of my own need to repent and less about other people. That is my new year’s resolution.
What are your resolutions for the new year?