Corporate Sin, Corporate Repentence, pt 2

This is a thread posted on Twitter by Matt Emerson over the weekend.  I completely agree with his central point, even if I don’t know the particulars of the arguments he mentions.

What if – just hear me out – it’s possible to affirm that we are each personally responsible for our own sins and not the sins of others BUT ALSO that we live and participate in complex systems that are affected by sin and so we need to repent of our participation in those, too?
You know, like what Revelation 18:4-5 says:

“Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.”

Pretty sure this is in the NT, not the OT, and about the Church, not Israel (since that’s a great way to do Christian ethics ::sarcasm fyi::).

Of course, it’s not in Paul, so.

I truly do not understand why folks committed to confessing total depravity and the federal headship of Adam want to avoid admitting that Satan’s and sin’s power, influence, and effects – and thus our culpability – stretch beyond the bounds of isolated individual moral choice.

Let’s be honest – the issue is not whether we believe systems can be corrupted & that Christians are called to come out of them, repenting of any complicity in them (either through activity or passivity), and working to change them for the good of society in light of the gospel.

We clearly believe this about abortion. We just don’t believe it about anything else that would require us to rethink our politically conservative assumptions.

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