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I Was Wrong Can You Forgive Me?

These are still the most difficult words for people to speak when it comes to reconciliation. It was this time last year that the economic crisis was getting momentum to take a run off the cliff and send markets and hopes into the abyss. Much of the pessimism our society is experiencing today is a holdover of the false hopes of materialism and trust in things. Perhaps it would be easier for people to move on if there were some people of power who actually took some responsibility for the mess. Did I miss all the news shows with former CEO’s from Merrill Lynch, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG, Lehman, CitiGroup, Goldman, Morgan, and many other companies who asked forgiveness for their work in loading up on toxic assets that required government help?

This message was often a center piece from Pastor Rick Duncan of Cuyahoga Valley Church in his teaching of what it means to start a process of reconciliation. Our society and especially the leaders in our government have been reluctant to start this process since it could mean losing jobs and losing personal pride while also opening oneself up to litigation. Could it be that our country is suffering from all of this guilt and inability to wash ourselves from the inside out and cleanse the things we know as “sin”? We all know aspects of our own lives that could be included in the blame game as to how we have valued things more than people and things more than God’s Word. Is it time for all of us to say these seven words to God in prayer?

In fact, these are the same words that we as believers in Christ once said in our conversion experience when we realized that we were sinners and needed to accept Christ as our personal Savior. Maybe we need to share these seven words with someone this week?

Romans 10:9 (RSV) “…because, if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Monday Morning Message Sent 7/20/09


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