Admit Our Wrongs
Today we learn that if we admit our wrongs healing and unity can come.
Bradon: Hey, I have to let you know I am a little nervous about our next episode?
Jon: Why is that?
Bradon: Well, we will be talking about some really important topics that we have not fully experienced in our lives.
Jon: Ohh, that sounds like a challenge. Stay tuned and find out what topics we will be covering in the next episode of the bible story podcast.
About the Story
Bradon: I want to be respectful in saying that Jon and I, as two white Canadians, have not experienced the type of Prejudice and Discrimination that Many other people groups have. With that in mind, I do still think it is essential to speak about it!
Jon: I totally agree.
Bradon: Okay, so the understanding is had then. Let’s carry on with some backstory.
Jon: We are still in the book of Acts. We are at the very beginning of chapter 6. We have seen the church growing, thousands of people coming to Christ. The disciples working hard to spread the message and hope about Jesus.
Bradon: A few chapters ago, it mentioned the unity of the church. The Holy Spirit was connecting the people, and the church’s momentum seemed unstoppable, despite the threats and punishment of the religious elite at the time.
Jon: But like any group of people working together, there were bound to be disagreements in leadership, or about leadership, or how things, in general, are being handled.
Bradon: It seems important to note that even in this day in age, the individuals leading the church were only Human. Misunderstanding and error are bound to happen!
Jon: Like it does today. The church is not right all the time, nor are the people within the leadership or the church’s congregation without wrongdoing.
Bradon: Right, it is crucial to keep in mind that Jesus Christ is the only person EVER to live without sin.
Jon: So, I think we can learn something from this, a from our country, Canada.
Bradon: Alright, I am listening.
Jon: I think one of the most amazing things the disciples did here was that they were humble enough to take the criticism and admit their wrongs. Sadly, we see the opposite of this all the time through history. We know, as a world, that there have been wars, separations, genocides, all based on race, gender, religious beliefs, and more. We let the difference divide us.
Bradon: Right, but what does that have to do with our country or admitting our wrongs?
Jon: I think as soon as we become unable to humble ourselves and recognize where we have intentionally or unintentionally marginalized a people group, we risk missing the importance of why God made us different in the first place!
Bradon: Okay, that makes sense. I would assume then your connection to Canada would have to do with the residential schools?
Jon: Correct. We have to admit, as a church and as a country, those actions were deplorable. We need to educate ourselves about the past to make an informed change in the future.
Bradon: Makes sense. In the case of the residential schools, we took a day of mourning this September to recognize the many wrongdoings that took place there. It doesn’t fix everything but, it is a step in the direction of healing and unity.
Jon: Right, and it does seem that God is really big into unity! When we read about the Body of God and the church is the body, we learn that differences are meant to be celebrated. In fact, they are necessary to make the body work to its fullest.
Bradon: Unfortunately, we cannot solve these issues all at once, but I look at the disciples and see their example of humility, of leadership, of care and see that the church, in its diversity, can be such a healthy place.
Jon: Absolutely, and as we said earlier, the church, being run and led by humans, will never be without fault. We are all sinful and will continue to sin against God. Therefore the need for us to continually evaluate and humble ourselves to critique and missteps will always be there.
Bradon: To wrap up this conversation, or put a pause on it rather, it seems like we need to continue having this conversation for an undetermined amount of time. Let’s take a lesson from our scripture today.
Jon: Great Idea; I think the lesson here today is to Admit Our Wrongs. That needs to happen to find growth.