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Religion And Repentance Don’t Always Mix

“Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’  And they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.  But when he saw the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, ‘You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?  Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance;'”  Matthew 3:1-2, 6-8  (NASB)
Repentance is not easy. It involves honesty with ourselves and with God. It involves the admission and confession of sin to ourselves and to God. It involves changing the direction of our lives (behavior, thoughts, and attitudes). It involves living our lives in a way that demonstrates our repentance is real.
It seems that religious people, including Christians, have a difficult time repenting. For some reason we lose the ability to repent. I am talking about people like you and me. We go to church, we pray, we sing, we grow up hearing about Jesus–and for some reason we become numb to it all. We become comfortable in our religion and our routines. And before we know it, our lives have become fake.
We can, like the Pharisees and Sadducees become hypocrites–too blind to see our own sins and too trusting in our own religious heritage and traditions. Many of us have grown up in Christian families, attended church, maybe even served as leaders in the church–yet without much evidence of a changed life or without realizing that we have left the path and life of righteousness.
The Pharisees and Sadducees trusted so much in their religious lineage and traditions that they could not see their own moral impairment. We face the same danger today! The question is, what will our response be to God? Will we hear and heed the words of His prophet, John the Baptist, or will we, like the Pharisees and Sadducees, turn a deaf ear to him.

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