It is characteristic of pseudo-Christianity that, while claiming to be justified by God, by faith, or by the works of faith and love, it merely operates as a machine for excusing sin instead of confessing and pardoning it. In other words, the pseudo-Church has become a tool for producing a feeling that one is right and everyone else is wrong - a claim with which we are all-too-familiar in the debased culture of ultimate individual autonomy.
Our sins will keep coming back to us, i.e. our debts. Israel has a debt and continues to pile on more. Settler culture has a debt to the indigenous populations of Canada and continues not to acknowledge it. In both cases, there are also wrongs. For these wrongs, there is nothing that can be done to repair them. But for the debts, there can be.
When I was in late elementary school, I sinned against my childhood friend, one of three close friends I had at the time. His father and my father were deans of the university in my hometown, but of different faculties. I had overheard a conversation my father had and the topic was his father. My … Continue reading A Remedy for Incongruence