The above quote is one that we hear time and time again. Why do we hear it so much? I would propose that it is most likely because we like to ignore our mistakes rather than revisit and learn from them. In fact today’s society has reached a point where it would prefer to erase mistakes from history and act as if they never even happened.
Relax. This is not going to be a political rant.
This week in my quiet time, I have been reading through the book of Judges. Immediately as I read through chapters 1-3 it became apparent that Israel was a nation full of people not very unlike us. They lived in a cycle of sin~punishment~repentance~restoration that just kept on repeating. It seems a reasonable conclusion would be that they didn’t like to talk about their past transgressions. After all, if they remembered the consequences of their past idolatry, surely they wouldn’t slip right back into it, would they?
It is easy to be critical of Israel and their cyclical way of living. However, are we really that different? If we continue to ignore, or worse yet, erase our mistakes from our minds, we will only repeat them.
I say that it’s time that we, the church, owned any mistakes that we’ve made whether personally or collectively, and learn from them. After all, if our repentance is real, we should already be doing this. Let’s not continue to live in the same cycle Israel lived in. Let’s evaluate, course-correct, and do the work that God has called us to.
Who’s with me?