Wednesday, December 12, 2007


Repent! Ok, this is a great concept, but today has been based on a false presupposition. Repent means to turn back to, like make a 180, a complete turn around, a return to what you came from. The first time repent is used in the Bible is in Exodus:

When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, "If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt (Exodus 13:17)."

Another example of repentance in the Biblical Old Testament use is in 1 Kings:

and if they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their conquerors and say, 'We have sinned, we have done wrong, we have acted wickedly'; and if they turn back to you with all their heart and soul in the land of their enemies who took them captive, and pray to you toward the land you gave their fathers, toward the city you have chosen and the temple I have built for your Name; then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their plea, and uphold their cause. And forgive your people, who have sinned against you; forgive all the offenses they have committed against you, and cause their conquerors to show them mercy(1 Kings 8:47-50);

The idea of repentance is that God called Israel, a group of people who started off with Him to return from their ways and back to Him. Back in the day of Jesus repentance was an easy idea to comprehend and easily taken because all were born into a religious society conscious of the God of Israel. So if I were to run up to a Jew back in 2 AD and say repent, they would totally understand me. 2007 is a funny time period though, we have forgotten about the creator of the universe, God. There are grown people living in New York City, a city of 20 million people, who have never heard of God or Jesus. So they have been used to a Godless world filled with bondage and sin. Repent to them would mean turn back to what you know, what you were born into. If that is sin, then is repent the word they should hear? I feel one must be educated about their beginnings, their heritage before they can understand where they came from. Once they understand the beginnings, where the came from, who created them, then they can comprehend repent and this harsh word becomes a much easier pill to swallow. So as pure as the motives of the street “evangelist” are, they do not stop to think about the terms they use and if it is easily understood. Your typical person on the streets thinks repent means to conform to a close-minded religion called Christianity. That is a false sense they have of Christianity, but one we must take into consideration when yelling “REPENT!” When I first started thinking about this, it really changed how I think about this word and what it means to someone who does not know they are a creation of God. So may you consider others, consider what they come from, what repent means to them, and introduce them to a God that is waiting for them to turn back to Him even when they did not know they could…

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